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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 52 of 652, added on May 5th, 2009 at 7:08 AM.

Carl Sandburg was a wise man who often expressed real life situations
through his poems. Throught his life he has had many experiences through
his extensive travels which has influenced his writings. In this poem
"Chicago", Sandburg talks about the ugly and rough nature of the city and
uses an anaology of a fierce dog
to describe the cities demeanor. Later in the poem he uses the color white
to symbolize the goodness of the city which has some redeeming qualities.

Lauren Engeln from United States
Comment 51 of 652, added on May 4th, 2009 at 7:51 PM.

In "Chicago" Sandburg relates to the narrator because he had a stockpile of
former jobs ranging from delivering milk to shining shoes. He was born into
the middle class by swedish immigrants who had six other children aside
from Carl. So he knew what it was like to live the hard life as a
back-breaking worker. The author uses his most often seen technique of free
verse. In this poem he uses similie to describe being fierce as a dog.
Sandburg uses personification as he brings to life the city of Chicago as a
horrid person. He describes the city as an atrocious place but by the end
of the poem, he is saying that every other city doesnt measure up and he is
proud to be a citizen.

Shawnee Self from United States
Comment 50 of 652, added on May 2nd, 2009 at 10:42 PM.

Carl Sandburg’s travels and experiences have shaped and influenced many of
his writings. In “Chicago,” Sandburg writes about the evil and destruction
he has seen there. He also goes on to mention that there is no city as
proud and confident as Chicago. He uses the color white to also signify
that underneath the darkness and corruption, there is a side of beauty and

Ryan Mills from United States
Comment 49 of 652, added on March 11th, 2009 at 12:02 PM.

I got one question: Which personifications used sandburg to show his
intention and which similes? i really like it, therefore I would be great
if anyone has an answer

likeit from Andorra
Comment 48 of 652, added on February 8th, 2009 at 5:21 PM.

All of you who say Sandburg is writing about how he hates Chicago, take a
second look- he admits that Chicago has its faults, but asks the reader if
they know if any city more majestic than Chicago, regardless of its evils.
Sandburg personifies the city as boastful, laughing because of its good
Read more closely before you comment! You nearly lead me off track!

jasmine from United States
Comment 47 of 652, added on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 PM.

i just hate this poem

Gerald Mendrix from United States
Comment 46 of 652, added on March 2nd, 2008 at 1:26 PM.

this poem is highly touhing sandburg makes his true defence for his city

shyamala from Iraq
Comment 45 of 652, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:22 PM.

Sandurg uses an evil dog as a metaphor to the city of Chicago. He uses
personifcation to give both the city and the dog human like qualities.

Matthew Nourmohamadian from New Zealand
Comment 44 of 652, added on May 25th, 2007 at 12:58 PM.

The poem Chicago really tell how the city can be so harsh and not inviting.
The use of apostrophy gives life to the city. Sandburg has little respect
for the city and tells how he really feels.

Tabari from United States
Comment 43 of 652, added on May 25th, 2007 at 7:51 PM.

Carl Sandburg is known for writing about the true meaning of life. In this
essay Chicago it shows how fast pace and rugged this city is and how
everyone wants to blame other people for the problems in the city. He
depicts the city of being fast pace and that he isnt enjoying it. Maybe he
wants to get out of Chicago and into a new city and find out what real
happiness in life is all about.

chris cardinale from New Zealand

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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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