In "We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks, one can almost imagine the essence of troubled teenagers, while she is reading this poem. Her great poem is unique because it uses only a few descriptive words to describe a gang of rebellious teens. Also, the few descriptive words made this poem one of the most popular poem by Brook. Brooks employs a modern approach to the English language and her choice of slang creates a powerful jazz mood (audio). In this poem, all of the lines are very short and the sound on each stop really pops. Brooks uses a few rhymes to create an effective sound and image of the life she observes. She manages to take full control of her rhyme and encourages a morally inspiring poem with these strategies. The poem is trying to tell youngsters that dropping out of school and roaming the streets is in fact not "cool" but in actuality a dead end street.
Reading the title "We Real Cool" for the first time, one would assume that the poem is going to tell about a group of people who are fortunate and live a flamboyant lifestyle.