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Carl Sandburg - Statistics

NAPOLEON shifted,
Restless in the old sarcophagus
And murmured to a watchguard:
"Who goes there?"
"Twenty-one million men,
Soldiers, armies, guns,
Twenty-one million
Afoot, horseback,
In the air,
Under the sea."
And Napoleon turned to his sleep:
"It is not my world answering;
It is some dreamer who knows not
The world I marched in
From Calais to Moscow."
And he slept on
In the old sarcophagus
While the aeroplanes
Droned their motors
Between Napoleon's mausoleum
And the cool night stars.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 5. Statistics
Volume: Chicago Poems
- War Poems (1914-1915)
Year: Published/Written in 1914
Poem of the Day: Jul 12 2002

Comment 7 of 7, added on December 9th, 2010 at 9:35 AM.

kasi, the "dreamer" is a word that is used as a symbol for future military leaders...so I also agree with jhomer95. Because Sandburg wrote this at the beginning of WWI...one of the military leaders was von Bismark.

Mrs Fell from United States
Comment 6 of 7, added on December 6th, 2010 at 2:58 PM.

where does it say anything about otto or hitler

kasi frideres from United States
Comment 5 of 7, added on March 8th, 2007 at 4:02 PM.

I agree with sky, but he is only partially right. The poem was written before WWII, but it was written at the beginning of WWI. It's more likely that itís Otto von Bismark, not Hitler.

jhomer95 from United States

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