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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 33 of 153, 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 153, added on March 30th, 2006 at 9:36 AM.

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

Comment 31 of 153, 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 153, 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 153, 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
Comment 28 of 153, 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 153, 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

lalapalloosa from Egypt
Comment 26 of 153, 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 153, 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 153, added on February 6th, 2006 at 10:21 PM.

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

David 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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