We Real Cool

PosterĄG Yvonne at 13:16:43 11/13/97 from proxy.secc.fju.edu.tw

In my opinion, these five poems are real hard for me to understand. But somehow, I'll try my best to figure them out. Now, I would like to talk about "We Real Cool."

I always wonder that what dose "cool" mean in this poem. Maybe it means that people who don't care about other's thought and persis in having their own way. I think this kind of people may be the teenagers. Only in this period, people will think that they can do whatever they want to do, because they are so young that they can abuse their life. So, in my point of view, the author wanted to write a poem about teenagers. Then, who is the speaker? I think the speaker must be one of these teenagers, who is fool around every day and has no goal for life.

In the first stanza, he says "The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel." Why did he capitalize "pool Players" , "Seven" and "Golden shovel" ? In my opinion, those words may symbolize the situation in which the speaker and his friends are. Perhaps, they have seven people in a group and they consider themselves pool players. And, the "Golden Shovel" means their feelings or situation. But I am sorry that I can't work it out.

In the second stanza, the speaker starts to describe their life style.
"We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We"
Why the author wrote or printed the poem in this way instead of
"We real cool.
We left school.
We lurk late.
We strike stright."
If we read this two kinds of order aloud, we will find that using the first kind of order can make the poem sounds more lively. On the other hand, if those teenagers want to show their difference and special from other ordinary people, of course, they won't use a common way to express their feelings. So, using the first kind of order is no doubt better than using the second one.

In the third stanza, he says

"Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We"
I think that they may be proud of their different points of view from others. But, I am a little worry about them, while reading at this part. If people begin to sign sin, they must can not tell what is right and what is wrong. How terrible it will be if people lose an ability of judging things. Day by day, they may lose themselves and wonder who they are and why and what do they live for? Don't those teenagers think of it ? The answer is in the fourth stanza.

In the fourth stanza, he says
"Jazz June. We
Die soon."
From the above sentences, so far as I am concerned, they really know that if they continue to live such a life, they will end in the worse situation- "Die soon". Of course, they won't really die, but they will become nothing at the end, since they waste their life so much. I can see their fears between the lines, because no one wants to have no future. Although they fool around day by day, deep in their mind, they still want to be outstanding people.

Maybe, we can see this kind of people in our College. They don't know why they attend College,and have no goal for the following four years. They just want to stroll around and party all day long. Perhaps one day, they will regret just like the people in the poem. But, that may be too late for them. Anyway, I hope that I won't become that kind of person. God bless me.


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