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Analysis and comments on A Fence by Carl Sandburg

Comment 6 of 6, added on March 2nd, 2013 at 1:37 PM.
tmmTXtOL

Wow, Moon!I lost my time surfing along and lnoisg the opportunity to read
this small gem you create from such a difficult feeling, mixing up a dark
perception with the obscure den of an evil turn which without light can
burn!Congrats!

Yury from Botswana
Comment 5 of 6, added on December 19th, 2012 at 11:10 PM.
fence

We analyzed this poem for a group project today and we thought it was deep
and almost motivational. With the "palings on the iron fence" part showing
how nobody can hurt your soul, dreams, or your personality can. Only death,
the rain (i guess sadness maybe), and tomorrow (as in you can change them)

idk. i really like it though. our presentation is tomorrow. but whatever,
poems always seem different to other people. its nice seeing how other
people interpreted it

nik c
Comment 4 of 6, added on December 19th, 2012 at 11:10 PM.
fence

We analyzed this poem for a group project today and we thought it was deep
and almost motivational. With the "palings on the iron fence" part showing
how nobody can hurt your soul, dreams, or your personality can. Only death,
the rain (i guess sadness maybe), and tomorrow (as in you can change them)

idk. i really like it though. our presentation is tomorrow. but whatever,
poems always seem different to other people. its nice seeing how other
people interpreted it

nik c
Comment 3 of 6, added on January 29th, 2012 at 8:03 AM.
boy on a swing

the poem is talking about the suppression that the people of south africa
went through during the appartheid.

masud from Ghana
Comment 2 of 6, added on March 1st, 2009 at 11:01 PM.

I think that the iron fence being built around the house is a metaphor for
enjoying life. If you build an iron fence around your own life, a fence
"with steel points that can stabe the life out of any man who falls on
them" , then you will be blocking people out of your life. you will be
missing out on relationships and raw experiences that we gain with human
interaction. I think that Sandburg is trying to say that we should welcome
vegabonds, hungry men, and wandering children with open arms. Become good
neighbors and go out of our way to help others and invite them in. We must
never build that fence with iron bars. If we do we will never experience
the joy of life and the only thing to look forward to will be death, rain,
and a lifeless boring plain to-morrow.

A Lovell from United States
Comment 1 of 6, added on May 12th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.

This poem is about the present, and the future. The author suggests the
fence is installed to protect the house from outsiders today, this was
indicated itially by the word "Now".Though the fence was intended to keep
the outsiders out, however, only death and the rain is sure to cross this
fence in the future. This was suggested by using the word "tommorrow."

Kelly

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Information about A Fence

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 27. A Fence
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 10427 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 15 2001


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