Poet: Carl Sandburg
Volume: Chicago Poems
- War Poems (1914-1915)
Year: Published/Written in 1914
Comment 9 of 9, added on July 18th, 2014 at 10:38 PM.
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Comment 8 of 9, added on October 12th, 2011 at 5:10 PM.
A little background perhaps
I read buttons, and it is clear that the buttons indicate soldiers, but from what conflict I wondered. Being an American and egocentric, I automatically assumed that it must have been an American conflict, however, I discovered that in 1904-1905 there was a war between Russia and japan, and theoretically, the colors of the buttons would be an era-appropriate representation of these countries. Sandburg was a member of the socialist party at that time, so it seems appropriate that, although he was not a member of the nations in the conflict, he possibly was interested in the expansion of the communist party.
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Comment 7 of 9, added on February 28th, 2011 at 9:47 PM.
Some posters have suggested this poem was published in 1905 and has nothing to do with the First World War. They are absolutely incorrect. Sandburg only began publishing in 1916, and this poem is from his Chicago Poems (his first collection), explicitly titled "War Poems, 1914-1915." It is quite obviously a poem about the suffering inflicted upon nameless soldiers who are represented on a news bulletin as a meaningless blob that has more to do with military objectives than the reality of warfare.
Chris from Canada
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