Poet: Carl Sandburg
Year: Published/Written in 1918
Poem of the Day:
Aug 20 2006
Comment 1 of 1, added on April 27th, 2007 at 12:31 AM.
“River Roads,” is a free-verse poem with no particular pattern in its stanzas. This poem is a little hard to understand, but it shows the feelings of the poet for the concept of leaving nature alone. He is almost implying that humans are interfering with nature and that we should leave them alone. The literal meaning seems to be that we are not letting crows caw, let a woodpecker drum on the trees, and so on. There obviously is a figurative meaning to (almost) all lyric poems. The theme is to try and tell humankind to leave nature alone, for we were once part of nature, too. The only important literary device is personification. “And if the pool wishes, let it shiver to the blur of many wings, old swimmers from old places.” Nature has its own wills and humans can interact with nature peacefully.
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