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We Real Cool

We Real Cool

by Gwendolyn Brooks

Music

Symbol Analysis

Chicago is the world capitol of the blues, and the city also played a major role in the rise of jazz as an art form. This poem has jazz themes and rhythms in its very bones. Its frequent use of alliteration has a percussive effect, like crashing symbols or the twang of a double bass. The pool players seem to know something about the deep jazz culture.

  • Line 5: This poem has a lot of alliteration, and "sing sin" is one example.
  • Line 7: "Jazz June." You guessed it: alliteration.

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