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Comment 30 of 130, added on May 5th, 2009 at 10:46 PM.
This poem personifies grass as being present at many significant battles
throughout time. By having the grass speak, Sandburg tries to show how
easily people try to forget the past. This is significant because during
his lifetime the world went through World War I and he saw the error in
human forgetness and the folly in such logic.
Chris Leahy from United States
Comment 29 of 130, added on May 4th, 2009 at 9:17 PM.
Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman were similar poets. Both Sandburg and
Whitman wrote free verse poems, and they were obsessed with Abe Lincoln and
the Civil War. In "Grass" Sandburg uses personification by having the
grass talk thoughout the poem. The grass is used to cover up the dreadful
battles that were fought during the Civil War. At one point those places
were the home of major battles, but now they are just fields of grass.
The grass was used to forget about the past.
Michael McCullough from United States
Comment 28 of 130, added on May 3rd, 2009 at 11:41 PM.
Carl Sandburg had a strong connection with hostility and Walt Whitman.
Sandburg mentions five significant battles during the Civil War which all
five resulted in numerous casualties. Sandburg personifies the grass of the
battlefield to camouflage how the brutality of war admittedly was and still
is. Like Whitman, Sanburgs' poems were free verse.
Daniel Gibson from United States
Comment 27 of 130, added on May 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 PM.
Carl Sandburg is a genius poet that had the ability to allude to historical
events and bring nonhuman objects to life. His use of free verse allows the
reader to examine the poem however they choose. In “Grass,” Sandburg
personifies the grass as this thing that covers up the atrocities of war.
He also portrays his style by alluding to five separate significant battles
in history. “Grass” is a short, simple poem that is full of many literary
devices that stimulate the mind.
Ryan Mills from United States
Comment 26 of 130, added on April 23rd, 2009 at 2:08 PM.
This poem symbolizes death. It also symbolizes hard work for me. Buy
reading his autobiography i can see that he can relate to this because he
worked hard as a young boy.
Veronica Quinonez from United States
Comment 25 of 130, added on April 23rd, 2009 at 11:37 AM.
I think that Carl Sandburg is a more historical writer. In this poem he is
trying to interpret even though time has past and the grass has grown over
the batttle fields themselves; never forget the soliders who fought and
never forget the battles that have been lost. People have tried to cover up
certain things by throughing a simple sheet of grass over it, but Carl
Sandberg wants no one to forget or walk past it.
Lauren Maciel from United States
Comment 24 of 130, added on February 6th, 2009 at 11:26 AM.
this poem explains the ultimate form of job security. battles happen, and
the grass erases them. since, "Those who cannot remember the past are
condemed to repeat it," (Santayana) there will be more battles, and more
bodies to erase as a result of the grass' overgrowth. The deaths of the
initial battles are not the root of evil within this poem, but the grass'
readiness to condemn others in order to preserve itself. Be it manure or
flesh, fertilizer is fertilizer.
Nicole from United States
Comment 23 of 130, added on January 15th, 2009 at 1:48 PM.
I think that this poem is saying, to not forget the people or history that
went on in these battlefields. Even though it is covered up by the grass
people should still know what happened there.
josh from United States
Comment 22 of 130, added on December 4th, 2007 at 10:23 AM.
hey guys can someone talk abt the figurative language in this poem coz i
have an exam on this poem plzzzzzz
sean from United States
Comment 21 of 130, added on October 18th, 2007 at 9:30 AM.
I feel this poem is about how the grass covers the battle fields in which
the bodies of the soliders have been buried. Everytime you look at a big
field remember Carl Sanburg.... "I am the grass; I cover all"
Morgan from United States
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