Comment 4 of 4, added on June 9th, 2010 at 12:43 PM.
Carl Sandburg's wife was Lillian Steichen - he called her Paula. This poem
can't be about Carl Sandburg's own marriage.
from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on May 12th, 2007 at 7:54 PM.
When I think of marriage, I think of this poem.
Comment 2 of 4, added on March 29th, 2007 at 3:59 PM.
To me, this poem is the lament of a very tired, hardworking man. Life is
hard - he has many bills to pay and he struggles to support his wife &
children. Right now he feels as if he were failing as a husband & father.
Perhaps, indeed, it would have been better if he had not met Mag, and if
the children had not come.
Liz from United States
Comment 1 of 4, added on February 9th, 2006 at 2:47 AM.
The sonnet is very sad and it shows all the poet's regret:in fact,in my
opinion,the idea that he wants to forget his past life,his wife and above
all his children is really deplorable.If the poet really thinks these
horrible things,it means that he has not loved his wife since their first
meeting and he has lied to himself and to the other people for this long
period.I can not undersatand how a religious person, because Carl Sandburg
must believe in God since he nominates Him in his work,can say these awful
Andafe from Italy