We Real Cool
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Whose voice and opinions come through in the poem? How does Brooks create a persona for the pool players that both sounds like them and sounds like someone criticizing them?
  2. Why does Brooks put the word "We" at the end of almost every line? What effect does this have on the way you read the poem?
  3. To what extent do you think your reading of the poem is influenced by stereotypes? Does Brooks acknowledge or undermine these stereotypes in any way?
  4. Do the pool players seem like good or bad people? Would you want to hang out with them?
  5. Does the poem romanticize "sin" or criticize it? Does it have kind of a "boys will be boys" tone?

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