His parents, August and Clara Johnson, had emigrated to America from the north of Sweden. I am the seed ground. In organization, the poem opens with positive thoughts about the people, then transitions to negative images, and finally returns to a hopeful conclusion. The first section, Chicago Poems, could easily be viewed as one continuing poem like Leaves of Grass. Being a native American, his works were found to be rotating in the premises of America. Golden 1988 , and P.
Further, the mob enlists the unmentioned sufferings they go through and no one addresses their concern. While Sandburg attended Lombard for four years, he never received a diploma he would later receive honorary degrees from Lombard, Knox College, and Northwestern University. The Sandburgs were very poor; Carl left school at the age of thirteen to work odd jobs, from laying bricks to dishwashing, to help support his family. Write down an answer to each question and keep the answers on hand as you write your analysis. I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing.
The best of me is sucked out and wasted. And your eyes and the moon swept the valley. The best of me is sucked out and wasted. This poems closes with a powerful tone, so be prepared to talk with confidence and energy. Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me? Topically and formally, Sandburg mimics the poems of Walt Whitman.
After numerous summers of touring to earn ready cash with recitations and folk songs plucked out on his banjo and guitar, Sandburg's last years brought the secure notoriety of the people's poet. And Whitman was more diverse than his well-known Leaves of Grass prophecies. Tone is the attitude a poet takes toward the reader or subject of the poem. During the period known as the Chicago Renaissance, he was secretary to Emil Seidel, Milwaukee's first socialist mayor, and then he took various writing jobs. He was living at Chickaming Goat Farm in Harbert while lecturing, collaborating with P. Later Work From 1926 to 1939 Sandburg devoted himself primarily to writing the six-volume biography of , presenting Lincoln as the embodiment of the American spirit; he received a Pulitzer Prize in history for this work 1939. In 1907 he met Lilian Steichen, a schoolteacher, and they were married in 1908.
Read it as many times as it takes to feel comfortable in your understanding of the ideas it expresses. Everything but Death comes to me and makes me work and give up what I have. Include quoted words and phrases and specific examples from the poem to support your ideas. The mob—the crowd—the mass—will arrive then. Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders: They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
By naming cities forever linked to carnage, Sandburg reminds the reader that, once inflicted on humanity, war leaves an indelible history as grass reclaims battle grounds and turns them into burial places. He made his reputation as a poet of the American scene with Cornhuskers 1918 , Smoke and Steel 1920 , and Slabs of the Sunburnt West 1922. With crudely forceful, startling figures, he mines the verbal subsoil for the source of Chicago's raw energy and steadying optimism. Support the topic sentence of each paragraph with details from the poem. About the Poet Acclaimed America's people's poet, Carl August Sandburg spoke directly and compellingly of the worker, a vigorous, enduring composite character who embodied Sandburg's free-verse portraits of democracy's inhabitants.
In 1908 he married Lillian Steichen, sister of the photographer. In 1914, the poem thrust him into national prominence as a modernist poet and image-maker for the laboring class. The best of me is sucked out and wasted. The best of me is sucked out and wasted. The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. The forces that undergird Chicago's permanence founder on the edge of honesty and respectability, implying that too much gentility saps a growing nation, depriving it of the underworld heft essential to progress.
My Analysis: The person in this poem understands that things don't always last. What words and details convey the tone? Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red drops for history to remember. The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. A rambunctious portrait of a flourishing urban center, the poem makes a vigorous proletarian thrust with its initial images of a butcher, tool maker, harvester, and freight handler. They provide the leaders the brains and the workers muscle power for a society. The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing.