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Analysis and comments on The Harbor by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 6 of 54, added on September 30th, 2011 at 7:26 PM.
The Harbor

I agree with Jeff. If you transcribe the poem phonetically, you will see
that Sandburg uses the same types of sounds, not just short "u" but sounds
that are dark, dreary, cold, and do not have a vowel in the final syllable.
He is setting a mood and wants the listener to feel the mood.

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Comment 5 of 54, added on May 20th, 2009 at 8:15 AM.

With the exception of the second, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth line, a
predominant sound throughout the poem is the short "u".

huddled, ugly
hunger
hunger
huddled, ugly
sudden
Not so much on this line: On a blue burst of lake,
under, sun
flung
fluttering, gulls
Masses of great gray wings
And flying white bellies
Veering and wheeling free in the open

I believe Sandburg is using assonance in this poem to set a tone, then
releasing that tone in the final three verses, much like the gulls were
released to wheel free in the open.

Jeff from United States

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Information about The Harbor

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 5. The Harbor
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 365 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 28 2004


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