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Comment 16 of 656, added on March 2nd, 2007 at 6:50 PM.

I think Sandburg does a wonderful job personifying Chicago with it's
population. Also, his word choice and sound repeatition to create the
effect of physical work or even the trainyard. A good perspective work.

Comment 15 of 656, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 11:15 AM.

I think when carl was writing these poems he was definetly smokin thats why
the names of his poems are like Haze, Grass, and Fog. He was definetly in a
haze in some thick fog when he was writin this.

Rhino from United States
Comment 14 of 656, added on March 7th, 2006 at 7:00 PM.

I wanted to remind some of you guys commenting that the Chicago he's
writing about was the packinghouse central of America during the early
1900s, was polluted, poor, and - well, if anyone has read The Jungle,
you'll know what I mean. So keep in mind what situation he's talking about
here - this is not your modern day Chicago. So don't say Chicago is getting
a "bad rap" for whatever if you are talking about modern day Chicago.

MJ from United States
Comment 13 of 656, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 2:54 AM.

Powerful poem. Really awesome.

ian from Taiwan
Comment 12 of 656, added on February 7th, 2006 at 9:40 PM.

Yo mon!
I really liked this poem, it trully spoke to me deep down.

Bob Marley from Jamaica
Comment 11 of 656, added on October 15th, 2005 at 2:43 PM.

I had to recite this poem with my eighth grade graduation class, 28 years
ago, and I can still hear it in my head. It's powerful and moving - a
vivid picture of the Chicago of his time, that wasn't that different from
the Chicago of mine.

Debbie from United States
Comment 10 of 656, added on September 20th, 2005 at 7:06 AM.

I think that this is a good poem because it shows patriotism and loyalty to
a place. This poem describes how Sandburg loved Chicago. It is obvious in
this poem that he is standing up for his city and that he understands that
it is not perfect but that he likes it. There may be many bad things in the
city but there are many good things too. I think that he wrote this poem
because someone said something about the city and he did not like it.

Emilee from United States
Comment 9 of 656, added on August 9th, 2005 at 9:26 PM.

Sandburg is vitually unknown to me until I came across the "Chicago" poem.
It's pretty amazing to see how a single man has stand up and defend the
city where he belongs though its a common knowledge that Chicago is well
known for its high crime rate, probably the highest among all the
metropolitans. Anyway, full credit to Sabdburg and I really love this poem
very much!

Zaki Omar from Malaysia
Comment 8 of 656, added on July 7th, 2005 at 7:27 AM.

To me, this poem shows how important it is to write about that which we
know. Sandburg makes the city come alive with all it's sweet icing as well
as it's crusty near foul core. The life and energy of the city itself is
shown in all it's clarity.

Gotta love it!


J. Slick
Comment 7 of 656, added on May 17th, 2005 at 11:56 AM.

In a way, Chicago seems like that of a family as he portrays it in this
poem. He describes the city and the inhabitants as they work and he
defends. He is a defender for a place he calls his home (understood) no
matter what problems may be going on; much is the same for a family - in a
family who is strong and in love with one another, no matter what happens
to the family, they will continually stand up and defend one another.

Staci from United Kingdom

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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: 39577 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 26 2003

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