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Comment 8 of 16, 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.

Robyn from United States
Comment 7 of 16, 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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Information about Buttons

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 7. Buttons
Volume: Chicago Poems
- War Poems (1914-1915)
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 4 2004
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