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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 8 of 8, added on April 20th, 2017 at 10:55 PM.

guys this poem was written 20 years before World War II was even a thing. Sandburg was trying to make a statement about the durability of war.

rose
Comment 7 of 8, 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 8, added on December 6th, 2010 at 2:58 PM.

where does it say anything about otto or hitler

kasi frideres from United States

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