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Analysis and comments on Laughing Corn by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 1 of 50, added on April 24th, 2007 at 9:33 PM.

“Laughing Corn,” is a lyric poem. It is interesting, showing the love of
the poet for family and life in general. As usual, it is in free verse and
has no meter. The literal meaning seems to be corn communicating with the
sun and the rain. Well, it is obvious Sandburg did not want to write about
talking corn. The personification of the corn and the weather refers to the
need for all living things to have someone to love and talk to, no matter
what species. Also, the importance to family in this poem shows Sandburg’s
personal love for the idea of family. The most important device in this
poem is personification. The personification shows that there is
communication from corn, but is common knowledge that corn cannot laugh
while talking to the sun and the rain. The comparison of corn and the
weather to human families can be considered a metaphor as well. Again, corn
laughing with something unlike it, the weather, can usually be only a bond
between families. The gigantic differences are usually only overlooked in
families. Friends aren’t usually so different as corn is to sun and the
rain, though corn depends on those things.

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Information about Laughing Corn

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 5. Laughing Corn
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Cornhuskers
Year: 1918
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 25 2006

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