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(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

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We Real Cool

We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
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  • Yves Valentin (2/22/2009 5:08:00 PM)

    This tells about what kids do stupid in life acting cool is something kids want in they're young age dieing young isn't this tells about kids that grow up too and became adults and live on the streets today Gwendolyn Brooks Poem is very inspiring for these few line meaning 'Reality'

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  • The The (2/9/2009 12:41:00 PM)

    Mmmmmm. Yea. I'm gonna have to say no. This is probably the shittiest poem I've read in my life.

  • Aaron Morrison (9/3/2008 9:20:00 PM)

    Such a very important message sent here, and in such a small format. Brooks continues to amaze me as I continue to read.

  • kyle. (6/26/2008 1:32:00 AM)

    read this in english class years ago.
    never thought it'd be online.
    amazing write.

  • Elizabeth Douglas (6/7/2008 4:47:00 PM)

    I believe this poem is short and sweet. It gives you everything you need to know in a couple of lines. The truth of the lines is not hidden, nor hard to figure. It is like a cycle of the wrong choices, which is indicated in every line. However, it is the last stanza that gets you.' We die soon.' All the wrong choices lead to an inevitable death that we all have to face, but this poem gives the grimy life and its consequences. Truly an inspiration. I also don't believe that this is just fixated on young men. Young women make wrong choices too! ! (I am a young woman though-)

  • Delwen Doyle (5/10/2008 9:06:00 PM)

    This probably my most favourite poem by Gwendolyn Brooks.10/10

  • Danyelle H (2/3/2008 9:25:00 PM)

    I believe that this poem is about young men that are tring to identify themselves while making wrong choices. They droped out of school, and hung out late. They found themselves in trouble, drinking alcohol and endulged in several other sins. Eventally after being recognized as The cool one's they Jazz June, which means to sleep around. This life style is what lead to them dying young.

  • Erica Paliuca (11/11/2007 11:40:00 PM)

    This poem is describing the age old saying 'too cool for school'. It is talking about kids (most likely popular kids) who think they are so cool that they left school. The line 'we lurk late' is describing how they stay out late and probably get into trouble. They also mention gin which implies that they drink and like Jazz music as well. The last line of the poem says that they die soon. This is due to their poor judgment and lack of discipline.

  • Sha'ree Greenwood (5/15/2007 5:06:00 PM)

    I believe that this poem captures our people in the state of mind that we were in then, and we are definitely still there. I know it is going to be a struggle to reach everyone and pull them out of that mind frame but if I can help one I believe that will help many! ! ! !

  • Briana Grant (3/27/2007 7:00:00 PM)

    I like that she was being thoughtful by asking the boys aren't you guys supposed to be at school. Then thought about writing a poem called we real cool.

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