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We Real Cool

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks

Mortality Quotes

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Quote #1

SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. (subtitle)

The "golden shovel" could make you think of death and grave digging. Why is the shovel "golden"?

Quote #2

Lurk late. (line 3)

If any of the lines can be tied directly to the final prophecy, "die soon," we think it's this one. A person who "lurks" generally doesn't want to be seen by other people. It's a form of hiding. Why don't the pool players want to be seen late at night? Or do they care?

Quote #3

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Sing sin. (lines 4-5)

OK, so maybe you could tie their celebration of sin to the last line as well. However, the poem doesn't mention any particularly terrible sins: drinking, carousing, and skipping school.

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