Poetry Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”
It is helpful if you have the printed questions in front of you as you begin reading through each poem so you know what you are looking for. I also recommend that you read through these poems several times in order to delve beneath the surface storyline.
Each poem has its own set of supporting links and resources to enhance your comprehension and successful completion of this assignment. Click on each of the links below to begin this assignment.
1. Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”
One day Gwendolyn Brooks was passing by a pool hall and observed several youth hanging out inside. She wondered how they felt about themselves, and this led her to eventually write this frank poem with deadly implications. Written in 1960, it is still relevant to today’s society, the choices people make, and the consequences they reap. How do these seven pool players at the Golden Shovel really feel about life? What type of attitude or tone do you pick up from the author about them in this poem?
Hint: Be sure to check that you give yourself time to explore below the surface of the poem. Show me your skills of “close” reading, research, and analytical thinking (along with academic writing skills) that demonstrate that you thoroughly acquainted yourself with the poem and resources while you use examples from the poem with descriptions.