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Analysis and comments on Nigger by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 21 of 141, added on November 18th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

i am a nigger

J DOG from Canada
Comment 20 of 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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 141, 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

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 43. Nigger
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: 1912
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 27161 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 20 2009

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