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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 38 of 128, added on January 18th, 2007 at 3:23 PM.

I like this poem because he put him self in other shoes. He also described
in a little details of a black person. He also not only did that but showed
sort of the strength of a black person.

Nathaniel Dillard from United States
Comment 37 of 128, added on December 12th, 2006 at 7:49 AM.

Wow this is a very cute poem about blacks

Emily from United States
Comment 36 of 128, added on May 5th, 2006 at 12:02 PM.

I am black. This is a beautiful poem. Written about a time I thankfully
did not live in, but a time made plain and clear by Mr. Sandburg's prose.
I could see the slave, "nigger," perhaps my great uncle or great
grandfather. This is not a derogatory poem at all. The subject is
unfortunate, but it also just true to life.

Leslie from United States
Comment 35 of 128, added on April 20th, 2006 at 3:21 PM.

You insane idiots, you crazy racists. The man does not think he is black,
he is not mocking black people, he is using the word "nigger" as an
interpretation, if anything he feels bad for you, stop just looking at a
poems title and judging it you morons, im not judging blacks, but you are
way to sensitive, and you want to go beat him up? HES DEAD AND BURIED YOU
IDIOT.

James from United States
Comment 34 of 128, added on April 11th, 2006 at 4:52 PM.

I see you've all noticed that the title of the poem is a racial slur. Next,
maybe some of you could try reading the poem. Or not commenting on it.
Choose one. You're not commenting on the poem, you're commenting on the
title. This was not written by a racist or a "wigger". I'm trying not to
flame here, but it's hard to resist... Did you honestly read past the first
line? Or did you just see "I AM the nigger" and assume you knew the rest?

MZF from United States
Comment 33 of 128, added on April 11th, 2006 at 2:07 PM.

Hey, this poem is really bad, he should'nt be dis'in black peeps whoever
put their name as kkk can go to *!!@@. Jack-****

hey from United States
Comment 32 of 128, added on March 30th, 2006 at 9:36 AM.

so childish every1 is the same it does not matter the colour of skin!!!!!!


annoyed
Comment 31 of 128, added on March 26th, 2006 at 5:16 PM.

At first glance, it is simple to see why people are so offended by this
poem. But it is such a wrong interpretation! For lallapalloosa and coolio
dawg - Carl Sandburg is not black, nor does he think he is! You completely
lost the point, saw it out of context. Absorb the poem. Sandburg is
celebrating a rich history and flavorful vocabulary. He is not using
derogatory phrases he is celebrating not only a race but a people. Not just
black people, but all people. He is even featuring himself inside the poem.
He is comparing himself to an outsider and celebrating the beauty of the
difference. It is completely ignorant when people think he is trying to be
black or degrading a black man - and frankly, I think it shows alot of
insecurity to think that! Everything in the world isn't black or white. And
he is portraying exactly that in this rich and beautiful context.

Abby from United States
Comment 30 of 128, added on March 6th, 2006 at 11:03 PM.

wat up with the? im the best rapper in my hood, how about u g-dawg wannabe?

yo mama from United States
Comment 29 of 128, added on March 6th, 2006 at 10:57 PM.

This poem is so racist!!!!!! wat a wigger carl sandburg was!!!! he thinks
he is black!!!! White people need to stop trying to be black, They put us
through slavery and dis us. and then they wanna be like us. ???????? what
the hell???

coolio dawg from United Kingdom

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Information about Nigger

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 43. Nigger
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 26295 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 20 2009


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