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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 71 of 651, added on March 21st, 2011 at 11:26 AM.

This poem was simply Amazing! I swear on my KFC chicken and Kool-Aid that
this poem is outstanding!

Shawntay from Belgium
Comment 70 of 651, added on January 25th, 2011 at 11:47 AM.
I hate it

i absolutely hate this poem it is so stupid and gay

Larissa from United States
Comment 69 of 651, added on March 11th, 2010 at 11:35 AM.
i love it

this great writer shows emotion in his work. I looooooooooooooooovve
iiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttt.

asas from Belarus
Comment 68 of 651, added on October 29th, 2009 at 8:44 PM.

This poem shows strong attitudes and feelings of the city as a whole, and
yet you are able to feel the city at each persons level. Sandberg uses
imagery to show how the city is savage but most of all it is alive and
growing and thriving.

Sue Schulz from United States
Comment 67 of 651, added on May 7th, 2009 at 8:06 AM.

The author, Carl Sandburg's message was about the different places a person
is meant for in just a small simple place. This city of Chicago was
immensly used for work and job opportunities for all lower and upper class.
In this poem, there is also violence amongst the people. Chicago may have
been an opportunities for jobs, however it was a breeding nest for crimes
and illeagal actions.

alex from United States
Comment 66 of 651, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:51 PM.

In Chicago, Sandburg follows no formal writing structure and writes in free
verse because he is trying to emphasize the spontaneous and unorganized
nature of the city. Although the troubles of the city are recognized, some
of which are very inhumane, everyone in the ciry is just trying to earn a
living and at the end of the day the city remains united. Sandburn is
reflecting on his journeys as a hobo working in various jobs and being a
part of various lobor unions. The city as corrupt as it may be is a place
of endless opportunity

Alex Mercado from United States
Comment 65 of 651, added on May 7th, 2009 at 6:31 AM.

In this poem "Chicago", by Carl Sandburg, Sandburg portrays the city and
how it really was. Sandburg dropped out of school after his eighth grade
graduation and had a variety of jobs before he became homeless. He
expresses this poem in free verse style. The jobs that Sandburg worked
influenced his writings and poetry. Carl later on explains the issues he
sees about Chicago but in the end still thinks Chicago is great.

Kristina Victa from United States
Comment 64 of 651, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:31 PM.

Carl Sandburg uses the experiences of work and when he was a hobo to write
this poem. He uses great imagery to help readers get an idea on how the
city looked portrayed itself during the time he was there. At times he uses
personification towards the city Chicago when he appears to be talking to
it in the beginning of the poem.

Tara Teran from United States
Comment 63 of 651, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:46 PM.

Like Whitman, Sandburg wrote in free verse. They both developed their own
writing style and were criticized because of it. In the poem, “Chicago”
Sandburg describes all the numerous jobs he had to go through . Starting at
the age of 13 he had to work because his family was poor. He also describes
life in Chicago. Like in many of his works he wrote about reality and used
patterns of parallelism and repetition. Sandburg always expresses his
feelings about people, society and nature. He tried to show people the
reality of their fantasy worlds. Even though he describes all the issues of
the city, he still thinks Chicago is great.


Alma Rivera from United States
Comment 62 of 651, added on May 7th, 2009 at 4:11 AM.

"Chicago," is one of Sandburg's most realistic pieces. He knows what is
going on in society and in his poetry he says what is going on in the city.
Sandburg uses good imagery in the poem and that really shows what kind of
writer he is. He talks about his life in the poem too that really opens
things up for his perspective in life.

Anthony Mangano 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: 39269 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2003


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