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Analysis and comments on I Am The People, The Mob by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 15 of 25, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:01 AM.

Carl Sandburg was the kind of person who actnoliged the people who worked
hard. He volunteered to fight in the Spanish American War and after he went
to Lombard College. His poems relate to his life. How he sees the world and
the people in it.

Diana Garcia from United States
Comment 14 of 25, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:54 AM.

It's very apparent that Sandburg wasn't a large fan of rhyme or rhythm.
What he did use as a writing technique was the art of parallel structure.
This technique being the repetition of certain key phrases, such as, "I am
the people... I am the workingman... I am the audience..." (Sandburg), and
so forth. He also tended to include Abraham Lincoln in his works, of which
he was also an avid fan.

Nick Johnson from United States
Comment 13 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:23 PM.

Carl Sandburg uses free verse to write this poem. In this poem he talks
about how the people are the reason people like Napoleon and Lincoln were
able to do all that they did. Even though people like them die the people
are still strong. He uses Lincoln because he loves to talk about Lincoln
in his poems. Whitman and Sandburg both write in free verse and like to
talk about Lincoln. He talks about how if it were not for the people that
nothing would ever get done. The people he is referring to are the middle
and lower class citizens.

Matt Perry from United States
Comment 12 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 7:59 PM.

In this poem, I Am The People, The Mob, Sandburg uses a metaphor to compare
the word "mob" to human race. Sandburg wrote "I am the workingman, the
inventor, the maker of the world's food and clothes" (Sandburg 4-5). He
wants people to understand that without all the hard work, People wouldn't
have food to feed themselves and clothes to wear. People wouldn't be where
they're at right now.



Tiwi Mamahit from United States
Comment 11 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 1:46 AM.

Being from Swedish immigrant parents, Carl Sandburg could relate to the
working class America. For some time, he himself was a struggling worker,
shining shoes and even being a hobo. In "I Am The People, The Mob" Sandburg
stresses the importance of the working class people, those with low paying
jobs. "Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through
me?" (Sandburg) Carl Sandburg wants to make it obvious that without the
working class, no one would be where they are.

Magali Palma from United States
Comment 10 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:22 AM.

Through "I am the People, The mob", Carl Sandburg has victoriously
presented his firm belief in the justification for the average American
worker. This poem is a significant example of how Sandburg felt about
people's rights as a whole, and it thoroughly expresses what will come of
"The mob--the crowd--the mass"(Sandburg 1900) if it were to get disturbed.

Alicia Tucker from United States
Comment 9 of 25, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:06 AM.

Through "I am the People, The mob", Carl Sandburg has victoriously
presented his firm belief in the justification for the average American
worker. This poem is a significant example of how Sandburg felt about
people's rights as a whole, and it thoroughly expresses what will come of
"The mob--the crowd--the mass"(Sandburg 1900) if it were to get disturbed.

Alicia Tucker from United States
Comment 8 of 25, added on May 5th, 2009 at 8:28 PM.

Carl Sandburg wrote a whole biography about Abraham Lincoln, and now he is
also mentioning Abe in this poem. The author was known as "a spokesperson
for the laborers of America" and this poem shows it; he is speaking for the
people of the world. He saw how life was on the less prosperous side and
showed that in his poetry. There is refrain in the first and last line of
the poem but otherwise it is mainly done in free verse.

Shawnee Self from United States
Comment 7 of 25, added on May 5th, 2009 at 5:46 PM.

In the poem "I Am The People, The Mob," Carl Sandburg talks about the mass
of the poeple. The people who make everything and witness everything in
history. Carl Sandburg was once a hobo so he saw first hand contrast
between rich and poor. He was also concerned with the plight of American
workers. Sandburg uses a metaphor to compare the mob to the poeple. We
learn history in school because historical events can reoccur. Sandburg
says that the people forget the past.

Brian Nakamura from United States
Comment 6 of 25, added on May 4th, 2009 at 10:25 PM.

In "I Am The People, The Mob" Carl Sandburg wrote as the mob, that is all
of the people living in the world, to represent the transcendental idea of
oversoul. He wrote that the mob, the general public, forgets the past with
each new generation. Furthermore, he wrote that when, "the People, learn to
remember ... The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then" (Sandburg
14-20). Through this statement the reader understands that remembering the
past will allow all people living in the world to think as one; in other
words oversoul will be achieved. For this reason, it is assumed that Carl
Sandburg wrote "I Am The People, The Mob" to convey the transcendental idea
of oversoul.

Jonathon Berschauer

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Information about I Am The People, The Mob

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 14. I Am The People, The Mob
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 28 2008


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