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Comment 3 of 6, added on February 28th, 2008 at 1:47 PM.
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Comment 2 of 6, added on May 25th, 2005 at 9:51 PM.
This is literally the first poem that has ever made me tear up. It's
amazing, really, because I am very caloussed towards free- verse poetry.
The question then may arise: why are you reading Sandburg, the prince of
free- verse. I'm doing an english project and getting way too into it. I've
always loved poetry but this is honestly one of the most touching poems I
have yet to read.
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Comment 1 of 6, added on December 8th, 2004 at 6:53 PM.
Sandberg's "Child of the Romans" is an obvious poke at the American Empire
at the time of the writing, and might be more relevant than ever NOW, given
the current aggressive military policies of the party in power. A child of
the Romans, former rulers of the "known world" working as common labor as
the New Imperialists ride in luxury and comfort; the more things change the
more they remain the same. Reminds me of seeing LES MISERABLE on Broadway
some years back, seeing Jean Valjean marching in place on a large wooden
wheel: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Every Empire
rises, peaks, then declines. The "child of the Romans" becomes a serf
within the American system. Will we, as a species, ever apply our thinking
to a large span, ever consider our own long-term group behaviors and decide
upon a better course? We talk such a good game re "kinder and gentler" but
we are neither.
One day it may be "Child of the USA" tending railroad tracks in the E.U.
(not Estados Unidos)? Nothing is permanent, but change is (Rush (rock band,
not the fat man, "Tom Sawyer").
Dennis J. Barton
from United States