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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 17 of 137, added on July 26th, 2005 at 3:35 AM.

Comming from Australia and livimg in the country I know alot of black
people and I'm only 13 so heaps of the kids at school are aboriginals. This
poem is moving and I can really relate to what Carl is saying because when
you get to know these people as well as I do you see that this poem is
egsactially like our natives are "as soft as cotton" Thanx 2 this poem I'm
hell into poetry best thing I've ever read congrats keep it up

Shelby Graham from Australia
Comment 16 of 137, added on July 4th, 2005 at 4:09 PM.

The other comments suggest the reflective quality of this powerful poem.
it is a mirror in which we see ourselves.

Don McKee
Comment 15 of 137, added on June 4th, 2005 at 5:06 AM.

I never read this poet's work before happening on this estimable website. I
sought out his poem first because of it's stark title which inevitably
catches one's eye in this day and age. Does anyone remember John Lennon
(never thought racist I trust)using the "n" word about his ancestral Irish
kith and kin in a song. He used this in context of the hateful original use
of the word to link what was also meted out to his own folk in Britain.
Sandburg was identifying with not disparaging black people, it is poor
judgement if anyone thinks otherwise. This is surely a praiseworthy
evocation of the worthiness of all people not to be treated as badly as our
ancestors did the slaves of past history. And as a paleface ,or must I say,
"white person" I think he touched on a shameful past in a good way in a
good poem I hope and know black men and women can appreciate, as
illustrated by comments I have read on site. Thanks USA for this
opportunity for an old Englishman to contribute. Frank E Gibbard.

Frank Gibbard from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 137, added on May 30th, 2005 at 11:05 PM.

This poem is awesome. It really reflects my views.

KKK from United States
Comment 13 of 137, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 3:27 PM.

as a nagger i have only one thing to say....this shisnit is de bomb..."I AM
THE NAGGER" ...hel yea...this powem is a true resemblance to the physical
properties of a nagger...

lequisha ladisha from Jamaica
Comment 12 of 137, added on April 19th, 2005 at 4:11 AM.

this poem is not racist and those who disagree would have no clue because
that would mean you have no comprehension of what his poem is trying to
point out.

michelle from United States
Comment 11 of 137, added on March 31st, 2005 at 7:14 PM.

yo black queen, i too thought this poem was descriminating against us, but
i read so many times that i see what da brothers pointin out. Read it again
dawg and ill's let yous figure it out.

joel from Canada
Comment 10 of 137, added on March 15th, 2005 at 3:34 PM.

i liked the poem not only because of the words but i also liked the
title!!!!! ROCK ON!!!!!!

Heather from United States
Comment 9 of 137, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 9:06 PM.

Ok. all of you aren't looking at this the way you should be. By saying "I
am the Nigger", he is saying that since poetry wasn't accepted so easily as
it is today, he says his life is bad. He is not being racist at all but
showing respect for slaves and himself.

Chris from United States
Comment 8 of 137, added on December 21st, 2004 at 9:28 AM.

Personally, I believe he is just putting himself in the shoe's of a Black
man of those days. Because he say's I AM the Nigger. He didn't write it to
offend, I believe he wrote it for creativity purposes only...

Derek 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
Viewed: 27042 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 20 2009

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