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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 41 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 10:14 AM.

This poem by Carl Sandburg seems like it is about the hard times and
wickedness of the city Chicago, but it isn't. We hear of all the crime,
labor, and conditions of this city which leaves an impression that the
writer is shameful of this city, that he is pitying those who work or live
in it but we soon are told that he would sneer at anyone who would sneer
at his city. The workers in this city are proud of their city, proud of the
vivacity and energy that is a result of their labor, a theme that is
noticeable in the lively, rthymic tone of the poem.

Celina Williamson from United States
Comment 40 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 4:41 PM.

I believe that in the poem "Chicago" it is talking about how the working
people in the city. Thay are always doing thier best to provide for thier
families but it is hard to just get by. It is saying that the city is hard
to work in and that it is dirty and always trying to put you down.

josh senger from United States
Comment 39 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 3:41 AM.

In the poem "Chicago" I believe that it is talking about the traits of
people in certain cities, and that anywhere you live, you will see all
different types of people. It shows the city as having people whom are
good, and some of which are not so good. But they are all connected in some

Jillian Capdevielle from United States
Comment 38 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 2:41 AM.

I think that Sandburg is using this poem to display the real difficulties
in life. A city that is usually portayed as aplace of glamour and good
times is portrayed in this poem as a harsh and unruly place to live. I
think sandburg is demonstrating to the reader that life isnt always what it

aria collin from United States
Comment 37 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 2:06 AM.

I believe that what this poem is trying to say is that it doesnt matter
what city you live in. As long as you except it flaws and you are proud of
the place you came from then it doesnt matter what other people think.In
the poem "Chicago", Sandburg wrote the poem as if he were talking to human

alexandra corredor from United States
Comment 36 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:40 AM.

In the poem "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg, he is telling us about the city
Chicago. In each stanza he describes the different problems that go on in
the city life downtown. Sandburg writes as if Chicago is a living person.

Erika Roybal from United States
Comment 35 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:18 AM.

“Chicago” according to Carl Sandburg is a place where there are things that
you should be proud of and other things you should not be proud of. In the
first stanza, Carl Sandburg shows that Chicago is a big city filled with
industries that are really important and shows a positive vibe about
Chicago. In the second stanza, it is filled with Chicago’s negativity like
crimes and immorality. In the third stanza, it shows that whatever obstacle
Chicago goes through it will strive to solve the problems and maintain to
be the Chicago that the people know.

Jan from United States
Comment 34 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 12:55 AM.

This poem is about the urban city of Chicago. It uses alot of
personification in the way that Sandburg describes the city. He describes
the city in a very negative way, talking about robbers and murderers and
the big city life. The whole peom, he talks to Chicago as if it were a

Reece Ludwig from United States
Comment 33 of 681, added on May 25th, 2007 at 12:14 AM.

"Chicago" by Carl Sandberg demonstrates Sandberg's respect and possible
fear of the city of Chicago. His use of apostrophe in this poem really
brings it to life. The use of adjectives also creates strong imagery and
reflection of Sandberg's outlook on the city.

Conlan Tereschuk
Comment 32 of 681, added on May 24th, 2007 at 11:48 PM.

In this poem by Carl Sandburg, he uses apostrophes to mock the cities flaws
like poverty and hunger. By reading this you think that the author is
criticizing Chicago, but he ends up saying how proud and honorable it is.
He states that there is no town that has this many problems and can still
be so famous and glamourous.

Nicole Beck 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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