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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 27 of 237, added on May 24th, 2007 at 2:48 AM.

In the poem "Chicago", Carl Sandburg portrays the city as a person and
mentions the problems within the city. However, he accepts and embraces
Chicago despite all the problems within such as poverty and prostitution.
He is comfortable with his mindset because he is already aware that the
problems that is taking place in Chicago also exist in other cities.

Kevin T from United States
Comment 26 of 237, added on May 23rd, 2007 at 9:03 PM.

In this poem written by Carl Sandburg, he talks about the city as a person.
Carl uses what is called an apostrophe which is a digression in the form of
an address to someone not present, or to a personified object or idea. Carl
Sandburg personified the city by giving it human characteristics, "Under
the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth..."

Klara Hardin from United States
Comment 25 of 237, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 6:49 PM.

In the poem Chicago, the author talks about the city as if it were a
person. He talks about all the bad things in the city but also says how he
likes it.

Marc Dickson from United States
Comment 24 of 237, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 2:01 AM.

The city Chicago, according to Carl Sandburg is a city filled with
misdemeanor. A City not worth living in, but a place filled with flourish
materials, and a center of resources that Americans need.



Jan Alvaro from United States
Comment 23 of 237, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 2:07 AM.

The city Chicago, according to Carl Sandburg is a city filled with
misdemeanor. A City not worth living in, but a place filled with flourish
materials, and a center of resources that Americans need.



Jan Alvaro from United States
Comment 22 of 237, added on May 17th, 2007 at 10:20 PM.

I have to say that I do not like this poem. The author descibes Chicago as
dark and dangerous indirectly, because he doesn't disagree with the people
who describe Chicago. Even though it seems to be his hometown, he doesn't
show any emotion towards it; it just seems that he doesn't really care. And
honestly, this poem makes me sad.

Anja Plommer from United States
Comment 21 of 237, added on May 16th, 2007 at 3:08 PM.

There is no defense in this poem. In fact, he agrees with the critics.
Sandburg makes no apologies for his city, nor does he try to "sell" its
better side to others. The entire poem is a metaphor and a
personification, bringing the city alive to those who will look and see.
The obvious pride Sandburg feels for his city is displayed in strong words
and strident language. But, then, isn't that what real life is . . .
strong, vibrant, strident, energetic? The poem was shocking to some at the
time it was written (especially those who lived is "soft cities" on the
East Coast). And I doubt very much whether Sandburg's marvelous portrayal
fits the Chicago of 2007. It's a slice of time and history, beautifully
portrayed.

Sara Hartburn from United States
Comment 20 of 237, added on May 10th, 2007 at 9:59 PM.

I thought this was a great poem. Sandburg really does a great job
portraying Chicago as he sees it. He knows it has flaws, but overall he is
defending his city and showing why it is superior to other cities.

Drew A. from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 237, added on May 9th, 2007 at 1:58 PM.

The author is trying to create an image for the reader of how Chicago (to
Sandburg) is like. He shares that it is a thriving city as well as a
problematic city that lets it stand out from the cities around it. He also
explains how the city survives from day to day with the addition of what
Chicago has to offer in an economic/occupational sense.

Mike M from United States
Comment 18 of 237, added on May 9th, 2007 at 12:45 PM.

He talks in this poem as if he knows the city personally. He acts as if
the city of Chicago is his family. He knows its not perfect but her loves
it.

Ian Hart from United States

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Information about Chicago

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 1. Chicago
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 38665 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2003


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