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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 13 of 133, 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 133, 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 133, 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 133, 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 133, 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 133, 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
Comment 7 of 133, added on December 19th, 2004 at 11:21 PM.

If you think Carl Sandburg is base enough to mire his euphuism just to
regard any human with the degradation of a name-branding slur then I would
suggest you read "the man with the broken fingers."

Carl Sandburg was a man who pushed the limits of his time and shoved the
absurdities of his generations prejudice and hypocrisy back into the faces
of those who chose to limit and belittle the human spirit regardless of

Samsarai from United States
Comment 6 of 133, added on December 10th, 2004 at 10:25 AM.

You have all put Carl Sandburg on the pedastal he deserves with your
shallow comments. He is far beyond us. Read the poem, think, breathe and
carry on with your life. Thats what I plan to do now.

MAGLEDON from United States
Comment 5 of 133, added on November 8th, 2004 at 12:40 PM.

The first time I heard this poem it was being recited by a very popular and
influential black actor on a documentaty called "The N Word". When I first
heard it I was so moved by the words because it obviously celebrated the
beauty of our race and the strength of our people througout hard times. I
understand that the word "nigger" can be taken offensively and that people
can react without thought but when it comes to written words...it is very
obvious to see what the poem was saying. I appreciate the comments after
"Black Queen" because it is nice to know that people do study and do
understand and not always just react without thought. As a Black Queen I
believe she should research before commeting. Open your mind.

Keisha from United States
Comment 4 of 133, added on October 26th, 2004 at 11:07 PM.

Sandburg is actually commenting on the richness of character of the black
person....whose ancestors survived the turmoils of slavery. I believe he
uses the word "nigger," purposefully, but not in a derogatory sense. He is
saying, "Here I stand, strong of body and character because of my tough
life and ancestory, with all the potential to become whatever is humanely
possible." And yet he's only a "nigger" because to others, only the color
of his skin seems to matter and not the pride and strength or dreams he
possesses. It's actually a very striking social commentary. And I strongly
disagree with the first comment by "Black Queen," that any poem should be
gotten rid of because it displays rascist or politically incorrect ideas.
Poetry is meant to challenge our concepts. It makes me sad that she
dismissed it so easily. Especially as a black woman, that she couldn't see
that it celebrated her strength and history. I wonder if she would have
seen it differently if she hadn't known initially that it was written by a
white man....if she had thought a black man was the author.

Elise from United States

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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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