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Analysis and comments on River Roads by Carl Sandburg

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.

Sameer Kapadia from United States

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Information about River Roads

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 2. River Roads
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Cornhuskers
Year: 1918
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 5957 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 20 2006


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