Remember, one of the functions of poetry is that it makes readers or listeners enjoy the sounds of the words. 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. How dreary — to be — Somebody! Because of the eventual death of the boys, it gives the reader the message that every action has a consequence and that people get what is coming to them. It has no significance in the poem. The seven pool players can also be seen to represent a small gang, and they need luck on their side, in order to survive their various financial and risky endeavors. The reason we know that Brooks is trying to attract a young crowd is because she is talking about youth who are suppose to be attending school. She also effectively utilizes literary techniques such as rhythm, alliteration, and imaging that contribute to the overall theme.
How dreary — to be — Somebody! Now the student does something interesting. The language used coincides with the player's lack of education. Seven at the Golden Shovel. That word kind of becomes a question, as well as a refrain. How public — like a Frog — To tell one's name — the livelong June — To an admiring Bog! Brooks also embraces the fact that love can be hurting and music can be tasteless.
The Hand 1996 Mary Ruefle, 1952 — 1 The teacher asks a question. In plays, this is used to set the scene. Overall, the speaker thinks his lifestyle is ''cool,'' but the poet doesn't. Pretty cool, but I admire the original poem more. To the Young Who Want to Die A change of course for the poet who had written extensively of the despair and hopelessness of her people in which the poetry becomes a defiant exclamation for self-preservation.
Published in 1949, Annie Allen, a mock epic of an African-American girl growing up in a time of increasing social tension, illustrated the existence of a black struggle that did not break into the American mainstream until the birth of the Civil Rights Movement ten years later. The name of the pool hall, the Golden Shovel, signifies the short life expectancy of those who choose a life of crime over education. Their ability to Jazz June seems a sort of climax, for what follows is death, physical or spiritual, a definitive leaving behind. These young boys are obviously street people because they are not in school. She does it with such vivid verse and ethnic slang that it gives this poem a unique style.
Discuss with students how Brooks' selected line breaks affect the poem's sound, pace, and meaning. Full of monosyllables and end stops its short lines are like a thumped drum, two strong beats and a weak to follow, until the final couplet fades away into the dark, like a burnt out comet. How public — like a Frog — To tell one's name — the livelong June — To an admiring Bog! Just think of the title We Real Cool which is long and drawn out, then contrast this with thin gin and sing sin for example, before the last line again reverts to long vowels, We die soon. We Real Cool and We Old Dudes are alike in that they both have end rhymes. How I Told My Child About Race An autobiographic account of the time Brooks was walking with her son and they became targets of violent racist aggression in the form of young white men throwing rocks at them. Notice also that the stanza does not end with a complete thought. Here, the speaker brags about staying out late, presumably after a day of skipping school, or having dropped out altogether.
Not to say that when she wrote this poem she only meant for young African American boys who are on the verge of dropping out of school and living life in the fast lane to read it, but the use of the metaphorical slang helps them to relate and understand her message to them. Most will read the poem and think that Brooks is being sarcastic by using simple language and in the end asserting that the seven pool players will die soon, or more broadly that all who speak in this manner will die soon. The short lines speed it up, but the sound on each stop really stands out. These boys are in fact not cool. Murray and Brooks both use the same poetic style. Gwendolyn Brooks illustrates the philosophy of troubled teenagers who will eventually suffer the deadly fate that a life on the street promises. The three elements that interest me the most are the language, form and the content.
It could be a motto, it could be a song, a chant, a lyric rage against the powers that be. The golden shovel has a deeper meaning and serves as a symbol. Writing in the vernacular has historically been seen as a political statement. So this observer, our speaker, thinks the boys might have dropped out of school, be drinking gin, staying out late at night, enjoying jazz, and will have short lives. Brooks conveys her message in an ironic manner, which is presented in the title of the poem. The bottom line is apparent: the seven young men find their comfort at the poolroom, rather than school.
Seven at the Golden Shovel. The poem opens with the scene of seven boys at a pool hall named the Golden Shovel. Have each group work together to write a prose poem about a group of people that they associate with, such as members of an academic or athletic club, band members, and so on students should write about themselves to hopefully avoid any tone of mocking another group of people. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback. Finally, replay the of Brooks reading the poem. They have no sense of themselves and are not aware of the importance of education, which will sooner or later become their downfall. Therefore, they skip and find solace and pleasure at a pool facility.