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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 8 of 128, 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 128, 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
race.


Samsarai from United States
Comment 6 of 128, 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 128, 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 128, 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
Comment 3 of 128, added on October 5th, 2004 at 11:44 PM.

This poem isn't some racial tool of degradation. Black Queen, what you
posted was incredibly ignorant. Sandburg was a sympathizer, not a slave
driver. Learn something before you make anymore naive posts.

Bree from United States
Comment 2 of 128, added on September 16th, 2004 at 11:35 AM.

ok well this poem can be taken the wronge way if you read it the wronge way
. this poem was made by a white man yes but that was the way it was. we
can't change the past. this poem doesn't affend me, yes i'm black but i am
not affended. fighting won't help anything.
just face the truth we WERE NIGGERS but soo long ago. it's over.


Jazmin Simmons
Comment 1 of 128, added on September 15th, 2004 at 4:13 PM.

Hey...this poem was not a poem to be published I take it very
offensive...not onlly because i am black...because it is a rascist
statement in general! wonder if i wrote a poem about His race cough cough!
His family needs to get rid of this or the panthers are coming after you!!!
black panthers that be! i am black look at me, have you ever seen anything
as sexy as we after al we be the queen of all kissing!!! "JUICY LIPS" HOLLA
AT CHA QUEEN! 1

Black Queen

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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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