We Real Cool
We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks
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Youth

Symbol Analysis

Despite the implication that these young guys are up to no good and should have better things to do, the poem might remind you of your own mischievous youth and of bored summers you spent hanging out in video game arcades even when it was a beautiful day outside. Nonetheless, there is something ominous about these boys who "lurk" and "strike."

  • Subtitle: The word "golden" is symbolic of summer, youth, and daytime. This is an ironic name for the pool hall, because the aimless lives of the pool players seem anything but golden.
  • Line 7: Brooks has said that the month of June is "fragrant" and "non-controversial." It represents polite society and authority figures. The boys rebel against June by "jazzing" it up.