Gwendolyn Brooks

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

We Real Cool - Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
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Comments about We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Shantai Ballard (9/1/2009 12:38:00 AM)

    I WAS REALLY HURT TO READ THAT STAMENT THAT THIS POEM WAS THE WORST POEM THEY EVER HERD. I DO NOT THINK THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND IT. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE POEM IN HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE WHEN I READ IT I KNEW IT. I WAS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING AND I WATCHED SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE I KNEW LIVE THAT LIFE STYLE. THAT POEM WOKE ME UP AND MADE ME THINK TWICE ABOUT HOW I WAS LIVING BECAUSE I WAS LIVING ON A PATH THAT WAS GOING STRAIGHT TO MY DEATH. SHE SAVED MY LIFE. (Report) Reply

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  • Lili D (8/21/2009 11:12:00 AM)

    Hey, I never thought much of this poem either...UNTIL I heard Gwendolyn reading it out loud. You have to listen to the audio and the way she streeetches out and savors each syllable and creates this crazy beat. It's a fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • J B.. (5/3/2009 11:27:00 PM)

    Danyelle's comment about the 'Jazzy June' meaning to sleep around is completely wrong.
    Here's a link to audio of Brook's herself dismissing that statement: http: //www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15433 (Report) Reply

  • nothing over (4/27/2009 11:20:00 PM)

    Great poem, check out my poems too (Report) Reply

  • 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' (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Kyle Hamp (6/26/2008 1:32:00 AM)

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

  • 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-) (Report) Reply

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

    This probably my most favourite poem by Gwendolyn Brooks.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 4:33:00 PM)

    Interesting structure, ... kind of a jazzy feel and way about it. (Report) Reply

  • Aeraliece Corby (1/26/2006 4:25:00 AM)

    I remember reading this poem when i was twelve. I didn't understand it then, but i still loved it. Now that im a little older i understand the point that Gwendolyn Brooks was portraying in this piece, i love it more. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Deese (5/20/2005 10:30:00 PM)

    Truly, American poetry at its finest! (Report) Reply

  • Jimi Doyle (5/31/2004 3:48:00 PM)

    gulp...masterpiece... (Report) Reply










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