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Analysis and comments on Chicago by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 68 of 708, 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 708, 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 708, 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 708, 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 708, 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 708, 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 708, 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
Comment 61 of 708, added on May 6th, 2009 at 7:21 PM.

Carl Sandburg relates himself to this poem from his own experiences of
working and traveling. Carl Sandburg had to work hard his whole life going
from job to job and then even becoming a hobo. He decribes Chicago in the
way that he and other people in his class saw it, as a filthy, ugly city.
Sandburg also does a great job of using imagery so the reader can view the
city in their mind.

Michael McCullough from United States
Comment 60 of 708, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:01 PM.

In the poem "Chicago" the author, Carl Sandburg does a great job describing
the city of Chicago. He describes the millions of different jobs that the
city has to offer. Having dropped out from school, Sandburg worked in some
of these jobs. The author also describes the bad side to these jobs. But in
the end he describes with vivid words, the great things about Chicago.

Veronica Quinonez from United States
Comment 59 of 708, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:22 AM.

In “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg, Sandburg does a great job of describing the
big city life in Chicago, Illinois. Sandburg gives us descriptive words of
the city and everything traveling through Chicago which is in the form of
imagery. Imagery helps creates a mental image by using a vivid description.
In the opening lines of the poem Sandburg informs the reader of possible
jobs he could have taken up during the decade he spent having an assortment
of diverse jobs after dropping out of school in the eighth grade. The poem
is a free verse tone for the ending lines of the poem does not rhythm. The
jobs Sandburg took up in Chicago affected his outlook on life and made the
city have flaws in his mind. Regardless of the flaws the big city holds
within it, the author does a great job of illustrating that “big city life”
in America.

Brittany Celani 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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