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Analysis and comments on Happiness by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 10 of 290, added on January 18th, 2007 at 3:38 PM.

I say that this poem says that hppines is not somthing you could some up in
a pome or letter its just thare

sam from United States
Comment 9 of 290, added on June 18th, 2006 at 1:31 PM.

I don't work at "showing my ignorance." Like everyone else here, I
expressed an opinion, and if you think I am ignorant, please explain why
you think so. We are all ignorant on something or other, and are not in
that condition deliberately. If you are so smart (i.e., non-ignorant),
show me why I should believe you.

Bettie Malofie from Canada
Comment 8 of 290, added on April 9th, 2006 at 9:16 PM.

Oh, dear Bettie. Try not to show your ignorance.

Reesa from United States
Comment 7 of 290, added on December 7th, 2005 at 11:02 AM.

Nice poem, I could see where it was going - until I read "Hungarians and
THEIR women and children" Ugh. Women and children can't be Hungarians?
Only Hungarian men are Hungarians? Couldn't he just as easily have said,
"Hungarians - men, women and children" etc.

Bettie Malofie from Canada
Comment 6 of 290, added on October 28th, 2005 at 7:07 PM.

"Having food and raiment let us be therewith content." Are these the
essentials for happiness, or just for existence? The answer lies in the
context. It was written down in the first century by a man named Paul to a
younger man named Tim. It's actually in the sixth chapter of the first book
named after Tim in the King James English Bible. It's interesting to look
up. -- Jack

Jack from United States
Comment 5 of 290, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 10:44 AM.

The Des Plaines river is nothing much to look at. The people who lived
around there with me were not famous or overly happy. But Carl Sandburg
knows more than most and put it down so we could feel what most people
never feel.

George Kloss from United States
Comment 4 of 290, added on June 6th, 2005 at 2:19 PM.

I started reading this poem and I thought it was pretty good...I got
confused. I guess he meant that happiness was in being with his children.
Now that I say it, it makes more sense. Good poetry...I love Carl
Sandburg's THE FOG. It's so cool!

Runnergirl716 from United States
Comment 3 of 290, added on April 27th, 2005 at 10:28 PM.

I liked this poem because it shows that you can't explain happiness. It's
whatever makes you feel good. You can ask a teacher of life what happiness
is and their response could be totally different from what one of their
students might say. Happiness is usually the simple things like being
outside with your women and children playing the accordian.

Katie from United States
Comment 2 of 290, added on April 14th, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

Hey i really like the poem and the reason is; is that it is true and it
means a lot to many people that live around here and some who dont anyways
I'm a poet and I think that he was a really great one love your poetry and
well always remember someone like you in my prayers and forever.

Kelsey Ward from United States
Comment 1 of 290, added on April 12th, 2005 at 11:05 PM.

This poem is too true. Just think about it. Try to explain happiness

GENE GENE from Botswana

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Information about Happiness

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 17. Happiness
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 26 2003


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