“THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.
We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
Modern poetry breaks form, style and, in extent, grammar.
In other forms modern poetry speaks to new audiences, in many respects, “We Real Cool”, speaks volumes to a broad audience.
In the modern poem, “We Real Cool” Gwendolyn Brooks illustrates the essentials and endeavors of a troubled teenager who suffers through illness of the streets, and the impedance of death.
The poem speaks to a teenage audience that separates themselves from the frolic of day to day activities. At the beginning of the poem the speaker sees the happiness of the people enjoying their life.
“We/ Sing sin. We/ Thin gin.”
And just as the speaker speaks of joy and happiness, the speaker sings of sin and blind frolic.
The devastating turn in the story is the last line, “We/ Die soon.”
The constant usage of the word “We” also indicates that the speaker feels the he too will experience the passage of life.
The passage of life is that he will be happy and blind to the fact that life is mediocre and he to will die.
The audience that is implied by the people is a African American male audience.
The audience is implied to relate to these people.