A Short Analysis of Gwendolyn Brooks’s ‘We Real Cool’

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

‘We Real Cool’ is probably Gwendolyn Brooks’s best-known poem. Written in 1959 and published the following year in her poetry collection The Bean Eaters, it has been widely taught in schools and anthologised on many occasions. You can read ‘We Real Cool’ here before proceeding to our analysis of Brooks’s poem below.

Read more