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Analysis and comments on Statistics by Carl Sandburg

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.

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
Comment 5 of 8, 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
Comment 4 of 8, added on February 22nd, 2007 at 2:33 PM.

I agree with sky. check your spelling!!!

Comment 3 of 8, added on February 22nd, 2007 at 2:09 PM.

I believe that in this poem the author was trying to say that the world
that the watchgaurd was telling Napoleon about [and in his poem Napoleon is
dead] is the world of a dreamer to Napolean, because he himself has never
seen the way war has changed the world. He's never seen such large armies.

Emy from United States
Comment 2 of 8, added on February 22nd, 2007 at 2:08 PM.

I think this poem is confusing.

brooke from United States
Comment 1 of 8, added on May 1st, 2006 at 7:41 PM.

in this poem, i believe that Carl is showing that Napoleon, (now deceased)
is aware of WWII. The dreamer is Hitler, because he dreams to take over
the worls, just as Napoleon did, so they are alike in this way.


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Information about Statistics

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 5. Statistics
Volume: Chicago Poems
- War Poems (1914-1915)
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 11081 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 12 2002

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