We Real Cool
We Real Cool Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
The word "We" is repeated eight times in this eight-line poem as a signal that the boys have a group identity. The boys want to be defined by their rebellious actions, which place them at odds with...
The young pool players seem to take pride in their aimless behavior, and critics have debated whether they may also take pride in the prophecy they will "die soon." They live in a culture where eve...
We never learn why the speaker thinks the young pool players will "die soon," though it might have something to do with their enjoyment of sin, rum, and (perhaps) gambling. The speaker could also b...
Language and Communication
This poem is so full of music that we can easily imagine pool players reciting it while wearing sunglasses and snapping their fingers under soft, blue lighting. It's jazz…in a poem. The seduc...
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