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We Real Cool

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Sing sin (lines 4-5)

Here they put on their Walt Whitman masks, but instead of singing a "Song of Myself," or a song about "the body electric," they sing about "sin." Are these young men also poets, like Whitman? To "sing" is another way of saying "to recite poetry." Finally, "to sing" also means "to celebrate." Both meanings could serve as interpretations here.

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Thin gin. (lines 5-6)

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