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Carl Sandburg - Chicago Poet

I SALUTED a nobody.
I saw him in a looking-glass.
He smiled—so did I.
He crumpled the skin on his forehead,
  frowning—so did I.
Everything I did he did.
I said, “Hello, I know you.”
And I was a liar to say so.
 
Ah, this looking-glass man!
Liar, fool, dreamer, play-actor,
Soldier, dusty drinker of dust—
Ah! he will go with me
Down the dark stairway
When nobody else is looking,
When everybody else is gone.
 
He locks his elbow in mine,
I lose all—but not him.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 1. Chicago Poet
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Persons Half Known
Year: Published/Written in 1918
Poem of the Day: Jun 28 2007

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 18th, 2005 at 6:07 AM.

it is mainly a patriotic poem. use of contrast between the harsh enviroment and the strong ability to survive and the seeming derrogative adjectives are veri impressive in this poem.we can asy that Chicargo is beatuiful in this poem ina musculine way.

belinda from China

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