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Analysis and comments on The Junk Man by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 25 of 265, added on May 7th, 2009 at 8:53 AM.

In the poem The Junk Man we see parts of Carl Sandburg’s life appear in his
writings. As a hobo for a period of his life he got to see the other side
to things. He probably felt what it was like to be broken and learned how
valuable it was to just feel accepted. Carl also uses a bit of
personification for death, so that he could build symbolism around life
before using the Junk Man as figurative symbolism.

tom anderson from United States
Comment 24 of 265, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:55 AM.

As a young man, Carl Sandburg: delivered milk, laid bricks, threshed wheat,
and shined shoes. He was a hobo, a junk man. When Sandburg composed "The
Junk Man," he implied that the junk man represented death and the old clock
represented old people or physically enabled. Once the clocks time was up,
the junk man came to get it.

Daniel Gibson from United States
Comment 23 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:53 PM.

Carl Sandburg was a free verse writer who personifies things in his poems.
In this poem "The Junk Man" Sandburg uses the clock as an example of
personification. The clock symbolizes an elderly person to is old and aged
while the the Junk Man symbolizes death. Sandburg may relate this to
himself because he was a bum like explained in the poem. As the poem
continues Carl is realized that when the time comes then death, the Junk
Man, will come and get you.

Kristina Victa from United States
Comment 22 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 10:46 PM.

Carl Sandburg uses personification with death having a responsibility like
a person and the clock as an old man. The Junk Man portrays how he might
have felt when he was a hobo and how he wanted to give up his ambitions.
This poem also shows the bad aspects of his life, and how people didn't
understand him as a person.

Tara Teran from United States
Comment 21 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:49 PM.

The poem the "Junk Man" written by Carl Sandburg is reflecting Carls true
style of writing. In this poem Carl compares the clock to a old
man.Sandburg relates this poem to the life he once had as a hobo, and
someone who charishes anything they can get. He uses a lot of
personification in this poem for example when he says "gave death a job" he
explains that the clock is being taken away just like your life might be
taken away. At the end of the peom Carl explains how he dosen't fit in and
is a outcast. He is realizing that death is going to come sooner or later.

lauren engeln from United States
Comment 20 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:12 AM.

Carl Sandburg applied a style that was different from other poets. He was
known for writing free verse. In the middle of the poem "The Junk Man",
Carl Sandburg uses the clock as an example of personification.
Personification is used to give human qualities to objects. Death is
symbolized by the junk man while the clock is like a human being who gets
old and will run out of meaning. Then Death picks up whoever is in that
situation and takes them to a better place.

Joseph Alvaro from United States
Comment 19 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:05 PM.

Carl Sandburg uses personification to give the old clock human emotion and
appearance. He uses the Junk Man as a symbol of death. The Junk Man is a
reflection of Sandburg’s life as a hobo, a person who lives day to day and
gladly accepts all free items. He also shows dissimilarity between the
rich and the poor when he writes, “You don’t belong here, You gotta come
Along with me.” In the last line, he is accepting death and embracing it.

Bret Hubert from United States
Comment 18 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 7:46 PM.

In "The Junk Man" written by Carl Sandburg, he explains how death works and
how once something gets old people tend to not want anything to do with.
This shows how easily people are forgotten and how tough it is to become a
myth. When Carl Sandburg passed away he was a myth and legend and he had
become part of the folklore from which he drew inspiration.

Dara Ahmadnia
Comment 17 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:33 AM.

In "The Junk Man" by Carl Sandburg, Sandburg uses one of his staple forms
of poetry by personifying a simple object. In this poem he is using an old
and decrepit clock to symbolize and old person on their last rounds. He
also gives Death a voice in the form of the junk man, essentially easing
the passing of the clock, or person. This relates to his life when he
changed careers, he felt he didn't belong where he was and so moved, just
as the junk man would remove the old clock for a newer one.

Chris Leahy from United States
Comment 16 of 265, added on May 6th, 2009 at 1:26 AM.

Carl Sandburg is a poet that uses free verse like Edgar Lee Masters. This
style of poetry characterized the second decade of the twentieth century.
Sandburg belonged in a working-class of the 19th century being the son of
two Swedish immigrants. In this poem "The Junk Man", Sandburg uses metaphor
to symbolize an old clock to someone that is aged and lost. Like himself,
he experienced hardships in his life and he had to quit school to spend
many years working for a variety of jobs. He also uses personification that
led to a new kind of realism in poetry during the time; like in line 8 when
he says, "And people around the house joke about what a bum
clock it is..." this figure of speech is used to give the clock the sense
of having human charactaristics when it is called a bum. This is referring
to somebody who have less abilities and how others make them feel unworthy.

Sunshine Salac

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 21. The Junk Man
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 7 2012

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