The Impact of a Poem's Line Breaks: Enjambment and Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"


  • Aug 23 2010 7:48 PM

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In this EDSITEment lesson, students closely analyze line breaks and the effect of enjambment in Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "We Real Cool." The poem's beauty, strength, and power are rooted in its effective use of line breaks. Brooks' strategic choice of line breaks affects virtually every aspect of the poem: its pace, rhythm, mood, tone, characters, sound, and meaning.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Literature