The pool players have an air of mystery around them that makes them seem cool. The alternative aesthetic of pool hall cool in the language of the poem thus is reshaped to fit the Procrustean bed of book design. They are said to be black, like the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, but the poem could be about any group of rebellious youngsters anywhere, be they white or female. This simultaneously displays a certain aspect that was not seen in the first line. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was made bearable by the wealth of human capital that resulted from warm interpersonal relationships.
The seductive rhythm and the use of alliteration and internal rhyme might cause us to feel more sympathetic toward the pool players. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1996. Selected Bibliography Poetry Children Coming Home The David Co. The poem has a regular meter, with three beats and a pause, but these three beats can be pronounced in different ways. Speaking with the well-earned authority of her position as a major reader of the Western canon and an influential critic of new poet candidates to that tradition, Vendler writes about the new national poet laureate in Callaloo, the most important wider-than-academic journal of black and Third World poetry. Do they slow down the poem, quicken the poem, create a song-like rhythm, etc.
For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets. Brooks put s her readers, specifically a black audience that is not limited to the no-longer-New Blacks of the sixties, to work on such questions. We'' These lines are somewhat elusive. Growing up in an area similar to what Gwendolyn Brooks talks about allowed me to be able to relate to her every word. Jazz represents music and June represents the establishment. This poem illustrates the quintessence of seven troubled adolescents who will eventually succumb to the unfortunate likelihood that life can render a young Africa American male living the life in the fast lane during that era. 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.
In the words of the poet herself she put the We at the ends of lines for emphasis 'so the reader could give them that little split-second's attention. The golden part of the title implies that these pool players are young; they should be in school instead of in a pool hall. Being able to relate I was able to close my eyes and create an image of the pool players in the pool hall and some of the things I did as a young African American boy growing up in a poverty stricken area. To get a better understanding of how the poem works it might be better to listen to Gwendolyn Brooks reciting the poem. Her voice produces deep vibrations like a low saxophone.
This article is about the poem. The remainder of the sentences. The poem is all about a gang of youths and what they're doing. 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. But the arrangement of the words lends itself to wild swings of improvisation. How do we know all of this background information? From Gwendolyn Brooks, of course.
The golden shovel has a deeper meaning and serves as a symbol. As graffiti, the poem is an anonymous, unregulated, transgressive utterance, not the work of that contained, knowable, critically manageable construction, the imagination of the poet. In the case of Brown v. The wrights of the stanzas are about what they are doing when they leave the school. Notice also that the stanza does not end with a complete thought. Also it shows some peoples take on to days teenagers.
The simple, but strong and regular rhythm, reinforced by the jarringly nonstandard grammar, creates a sense of energy and aggressive physical power. Note Brooks' own comments about her widely read poem. Despite the poem's brash tone, it ends ironically in that the poet's voice comes back in and contradicts the young man's pride in his lifestyle. Pathos is one thing - based on the possibility that this gang, these cool pool players, are in fact empty jokers and have nothing substantial to say. She served as the U. 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. Segregation caused more than just separation, it caused many youths to question their roles in society.
Therefore, the significance of the name of the pool hall is that the pool players who hang out there are digging their own graves by conducting illegal business. Brooks might not be happy that we're giving yet more attention to this short poem. It attempts to capture the rhythms of common speech distinctive to a group of people who use non-standard English, and who are perceived as socially inferior. It consists of four of two lines each. More importantly, the rich word play suggests Brooks's own ambivalence toward the players' lifestyle. Little does she know this fun hobby of hers will lead her to become an iconic American figure. She dramatizes their existential choice of perilous defiance and nonconformity.