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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 25 of 145, 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 145, 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 145, 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!

Ashley from United States
Comment 22 of 145, 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

Dave from United States
Comment 21 of 145, added on November 18th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

i am a nigger

J DOG from Canada
Comment 20 of 145, 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 145, 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

Jessica L from United States
Comment 18 of 145, added on September 29th, 2005 at 8:05 PM.

this poem does not segregate the black from all others. It celebrates the
people, it does not purposely offend people of diffrent beliefs and it
should not be seen as a statement of supperiority.
So once again like many others black queen, you may be black, white, blue
or green and find it offensive. But find a reason to be offened other then
it's controversial tilte.

Gerhard from Canada
Comment 17 of 145, 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 145, 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

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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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