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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 56 of 696, added on May 5th, 2009 at 11:25 PM.

Carl Sandburg a man who dropped out of school following his eighth grade
graduation had to find work to feed himself. He went through several jobs
before ending up a hobo. In his poem "Chicago" he mentions many of the
jobs he once suffered from. He also as a hobo he saw with his own eyes the
differences between the rich and the unfortunate poor. This poem written
in his favorite free verse style, really brings about the hardships of a
blue color town such as, Chicago, or the Windy City, as some people call
it. That nickname in it self has a double meaning, personifying the city
as cold and bitter.

Riley Ludwig from United States
Comment 55 of 696, added on May 5th, 2009 at 10:19 PM.

Carl Sandburg's "Chicago", has uses vivid words to create images for the
reader to get a sense of this energetic and loud city. Apostrophe is being
used; the inanimate object that is being portrayed is Chicago city. The
poem shows the face of the working class with its ignorance, corruptness,
prostitution, but as well as the proud American in urban society. Sandburg
was raced in a working class society and also worked as a child. As a young
man Sandburg was a hobo and traveled across the nation learning folk songs
on the history of America, this was incorporated in his free verse poetry;
it is believed that Walt Whitman also influenced Sandburg’s poetry because
of the echoes of oratory in “Chicago”.

Elizabeth Aguilera from United States
Comment 54 of 696, added on May 5th, 2009 at 7:20 PM.

Carl Sandburg was constantly moving around around and constantly working
different jobs to scrape up whatever he could from life. By traveling and
working in such conditions, Sandberg was able to relate to the narrator,
who also has many jobs to tend to. Sandberg uses free verse to express that
the jobs in both "Chicago," and Sandberg's life contrast the hardships that
have to be faced by middle class workers opposed to youth and laughter.
Sandberg uses the color white in the poem to also express that, despite all
the trials and tribulations the workers of the city must face, there is
still good inside evryone and a cheerful laughter that constantly echoes
over the city. This is good to note as the city becomes personified as a
dark, eerie person who enjoys seeing the evilness of a city prevail, and
the goodness of a city fall.

Justin Bahlinger from United States
Comment 53 of 696, added on May 5th, 2009 at 12:13 AM.

Sandburg's free verse writing (following Whitman's very own steps)
describes the city streets of Chicago as if they were from the eyes of a
proud, working, middle class civilian living in the city. He shows us how
terrible others out of the city may see the streets and its activities, but
that it is also one of the few who is, as Sandburg writes,"...the pulse,
and under his ribs the heart of the people.." showing the loyalty the
working class has for the city of Chicago.

Nacho Collazo from United States
Comment 52 of 696, 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 696, 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 696, 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 696, 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 696, 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 696, added on April 14th, 2008 at 5:12 PM.

i just hate this poem

Gerald Mendrix 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
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Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2003

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