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Carl Sandburg - I Am The People, The Mob

I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is
done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
world's food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
makes me work and give up what I have. And I
Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 14. I Am The People, The Mob
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Apr 28 2008

Comment 22 of 22, added on February 10th, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

In the poem of Carl Sandburg, he gave the reader a vivid picture of the life of the common people- the working class that in spite of their efforts for change the ruling minority is still in charge...but towards the end of his poem he made a fair warning...wait and see! when the "mob" realizes their power the ruling minority must step aside.

Jian Mapalo from Philippines
Comment 21 of 22, added on December 7th, 2013 at 9:20 AM.

To me this is one of visualy imaged poem speakes about the life of people.the discrimination in them,their sacrifices towards the society and the metaphor combines to the "HUMAN FACE".Here this poem conveys us about the great work done through the people.the poet also tries to include great personalities who are role model for us

sreepriya k.s from India
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