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The narrator claims that the youth "lurk late," and illegal activity is normally carried out in the dark (Lindberg 311). In that culture, darkness influences people to become what they desire; the dark alters images, making an individual who seems risk-free in the daylight seem menacing during the dark. The boy states that they normally "strike straight," which can be deduced to imply that they are open to rape, robbery or murder properly so that they cannot be prosecuted for them (Smith 49). Robbery, rape and murder were issues that started to be considered as significant issues in the society, in the 50s (Cummings 29). They "sing sin" meaning that they have many their misdeeds one would think that the misdeeds are elements of some kind of right-of-passage into adulthood (Smith 50). Finally, the last activity provided in the people is that youths "thin gin," which implies to weaken alcohol in order for them to make more money, and they perhaps do this at the pool hall (Smith 50).
The poem portrays the issues that youths in the 50s underwent, persuaded by the “pop” culture, when they left school. This was an age when youths started to have thoughts of building their lives using other means than education.
Lindberg, Kathryne V. "Whose Canon? Gwendolyn Brooks: Founder at the Center of the Margins." Gendered Modernisms: American Women Poets and Their Readers. Ed. Margaret Dickie and Thomas Travisano. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1996.
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We Real Cool.
The poem by Gwendolyn Brooks entitled “We Real Cool” was inspired by a group of seven young people playing pool who portray the life of several young people these days who hang around in like places instead of being in school. It pictures those who think they are cool by playing life ‘cooly’ by not getting serious of their studies or other concerns and responsibilities in life.
The desire to be in a relationship, and the struggles one must overcome to be with a partner, are indeed major themes which can be traced back hundreds, if not thousands, of years in various texts from all over the world. However, the theme of love is not as simple as all that: The Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, is one of the earliest known pieces of literature, and the main relationship in it is the presumably non-sexual one of Gilgamesh and his male companion Enkidu; in other examples, religion and faith play a much stronger role than love between humans.
They are so powerful that they affect our decision, emotion, desire, and even mind. Facebook affects us and makes peer pressure become stronger and so do gadgets like iPhone, Androids, Blackberry etc. or brands like Louis Vuitton. I feel that these cool things are not as cool as they were when they were launched initially because once a thing becomes popular, it is not cool anymore so if teenagers are trying to get rid of being uncool then I feel they should start using their intelligent minds and creativity because even making cool, playing cool and selling is cool.
How would you describe Watson's use of Franklin's data Was it robbery or just an innocent look at her data Were his actions justified in any case What about the criticisms of Franklin Can we monitor potentially discriminatory behavior without restricting academic freedom
Being "cool", which connotes men's composure just by simply being himself, is a word almost always attached to men. "Beautiful" or the need to be "phenomenal" to women to be noticed are words commonly associated with women.
At the superficial level these representations might be seen in the poems being considered in this paper: Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool" & Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Women." However, the clever use of words in these poems contradicted these connotations and superimposed representation of gender differences and the emotions generally associated to them.
There is the unmistakable joie de vivre that leaves one rereading the poem a couple of times to get the full beauty. And before long the poem is there with you. You think about it. You trace it back while you are brushing your teeth, leaving for the office, mulling over some controversial decision, or just doing plain thinking.
Yet again, it may mean lack of excitement in the negative sense. The term also means neither warm nor cold according to Free Dictionary (par 1). In this respect, the term may also be used with neither a positively nor negatively connotation.