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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 28 of 128, added on March 1st, 2006 at 9:40 AM.

The term "nigger" in this poem is not meant to be derogatory, but rather
describes the term that people used back during Carl Sandburg's life to
describe a black person. I think this poem is genius, because of the way
Sandburg writes in the point of view of a simple "nigger", reminiscing on
the past. The last three lines have the most impact of all: "I am the
nigger. Look at me. I am the nigger." This poem is genius!

Kilio from United States
Comment 27 of 128, added on February 20th, 2006 at 12:26 PM.

This poem is just trying to tell u that blacks are bad, AND I THINK THAT IS
BULLSHIT

lalapalloosa from Egypt
Comment 26 of 128, added on February 16th, 2006 at 12:42 AM.

This poem describes a lot about the era that Carl was from. Reread the
poem to understand its full content, for it does describe what Carl saw.
Now time has changed , but history will always be with us. We cannot
change the past but we can make a difference for the future.

Luke Vaj from United States
Comment 25 of 128, added on February 13th, 2006 at 10:09 PM.

This is a brilliant poem. It is filled with depth and emotion. It shows
the black man the way Sandburg saw him: lively, strong, and always
searching. In Snadburg's poem, the black man dreams of jungles, and
remembers the shackles with spitefulness. He is a man trying to find
identity (longing for the return to his native land). He is a fighter and
a lover. Sandburg saw a man who was proud.

TjB from United States
Comment 24 of 128, added on February 6th, 2006 at 10:21 PM.

Carl Sandburg is WHITE! Damn white boys trying to be black....

David from United States
Comment 23 of 128, added on January 15th, 2006 at 12:03 PM.

I think that this is wrong cause u can get in trouble for RACISM!!!
So,NEVER EVER send me ne more of this crap!
GOOD BYE

Ashley from United States
Comment 22 of 128, added on December 21st, 2005 at 10:28 PM.

Many of you are taking his poem out of context. He is simply making an
observation of the man utilizing the terminology of the day. In retrospect
being a thinking people without racial sterotypes or hatred, we can look at
it as it was intended.... An "in camera" observation by one of the great
poets of the time period. My race happens to be from Europe (white), but we
are all just men and women, not black and white men and women.... All
human.

Dave from United States
Comment 21 of 128, added on November 18th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

i am a nigger

J DOG from Canada
Comment 20 of 128, added on November 17th, 2005 at 10:21 PM.

This poem is pure genius. If you did not think so, try reading it again.
Sandburg's intelligence is unlimited.

Denise from United States
Comment 19 of 128, added on October 25th, 2005 at 9:56 AM.

i did a little history on Carl after reading this poem. It turns out that
what little he knew and saw of black people, he showed in the poem. He was
not unbias. as a reporter he smudged facts in favor of the "system".
However, i feel that in this poem, he is trying to match the name with the
steryotype. he cannot understand why these beautiful things are given such
an ugly name. he was a man of his time. no to be reveared but not to be
hated.

Jessica L from United States

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Information about Nigger

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


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