This gives the poem its characters and setting. However, Brooks said that the interpretation was not her intention; instead she intended for it to represent music. The words, in a formal linguistic sense, remain the same, but the material presentation does not. Here, the poet's tone seems to diverge from that of her speaker. And when they sing sin does this mean they are going against all the religious truths they were brought up with? The aesthetic values of the white middle class prevail. Two who are Mostly Good. We Real Cool holds in its 8 lines the whole lives of a teenage gang, from their coolness to their demise.
Appearing thus so brazenly in the school setting that the pool players themselves have rejected, this text is an empowering nose-thumbing at the institution that once controlled and restricted them--thus, also, a rejection of the school-values that would interpret the poem as an endorsement of education. I would like to bring Helen Vendler's recent mention of Brooks into conversation with Spillers's earlier tribute. We'' If Gwendolyn Brooks had written this poem in standard English, the first line would read ''We are really cool. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. These are the rough letters they can make themselves in order to speak in a setting that has been available to them. To ''sing'' about something is to endorse, celebrate or revel in it. The very conventionality of the white page denies that it carries any such meaning.
When I start writing a poem, I don't think about models or about what anybody else in the world has done. It's the daring combination of language and rhythm that sets this poem apart. The teenagers are obviously not too fond about attending school. The mortality that Brooks addresses could be an indicator of the times that it was written in along with the fast life that the boys live in their enjoyment of skipping school, singing sin and drinking gin. Gwendolyn Brooks said she thought of ''jazz'' as creating trouble for society during a beloved time of the year. The last line is still shocking, the collective We almost proudly boasting of a premature demise which follows on logically from what has gone before.
You don't have any literary model in mind; you're not thinking of Eliot or Pound or anybody in particular. Irony is a tone that is created when a person says something he or she doesn't mean. The elegance of the typeface and the evenness of the layout in Selected Poems are products of craftsmanship, so well produced that they are refined out of notice. The band takes their name from this poem as well. The alliteration gives these activities an appealing quality. Many readers have also suggested the general song-like quality that the poem possesses when being read, in line with the tradition started by.
She also wrote numerous other books including a novel, Maud Martha Harper, 1953 , and Report from Part One: An Autobiography Broadside Press, 1972 , and edited Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology Broadside Press, 1971. Brooks substitutes the word ''thin'' for the word ''drink,'' but the letter combinations in those two words are so similar that the one word suggests the other. In 1968 she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois. This could also be an indicator into the time period with which the poem was written during the 1960s. Their ability to Jazz June seems a sort of climax, for what follows is death, physical or spiritual, a definitive leaving behind.
The simple, but strong and regular rhythm, reinforced by the jarringly nonstandard grammar, creates a sense of energy and aggressive physical power. Gary Smith Brooks's attitude toward the players remains ambivalent. This is not the even, neutral, potentially infinite space of the white page; here the field of discourse is itself the inked intrusion. This is a group of outsiders who prefer pool to school, dropping out to serious study; late alcoholic nights out on the street seem much more preferable to dull nights in. They are supposedly dropouts, or at least they're in the poolroom when they should possibly be in school, since they're probably young enough, or at least those I saw were when I looked in a poolroom, and they. Vernacular Poetry: Definition and Context Vernacular is the term used to describe a style of writing that attempts to capture the conversational speech patterns peculiar to people of a geographical region, social class or race perceived to be inferior to the powerful, mainstream, or dominant in a society.
The refined transparencies of classical typography and the printed, bound pages of a well-produced hardcover book would not be available for these pool players to use to speak for themselves. Brooks has also gone on the record of saying that the seven pool players in the poem are fighting the establishment with their rebellious actions. She states that the establishment is represented by the month of June. Gwendolyn Brooks once said that she used the break in thought to create a hesitation that represents the boy's lack of total confidence in his cocky, self-assurance. In all, they do anything to capture that feeling of ecstasy.
Gwendolyn Brooks: Founder at the Center of the 'Margins. As chalkboard writing, it appears in a setting familiar, if uncongenial, to the pool players. It is still very popular and causes many a debate amongst young people. It raises the question of whether that more conventional book page works any differently, whether the familiar habits of book design are any less contingent in their composition or more innocent of meaning themselves. The poem is their situation as they see it.