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Analysis and comments on Grass by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 34 of 574, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:19 PM.

Yet again Carl Sandburg uses personification by giving the grass a voice
and the desire to work when he writes, “Shovel them under and let me work.”
When Sandburg mentions the passengers, he is symbolizing the many deaths
that happen in each war. He also symbolizes god as the conductor riding
the train in the afterlife.

Bret Hubert from United States
Comment 33 of 574, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:06 PM.

Carl Sandburg signed up for the Spanish-American war when he was twenty
years old but he never fought in combat. In this poem he talks about how
the grass covers the fallen soldiers in the battle fields and they are then
forgotten about. He talks about Gettysburg because he loved to write
about Lincoln just like Walt Whitman.

Matt Perry from United States
Comment 32 of 574, added on May 6th, 2009 at 7:25 PM.

In this poem Carl Sandburg describes war. He describes how people died. And
that no matter how long ago it was, it's something that will forever be in
his head and his mind.

Veronica from United States
Comment 31 of 574, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:06 AM.

Carl Sandberg was a historical and literal writer. Hes art work related
itself alot towards historical battles. In this poem he mentions several
different battles, many bodies laid stiff and dead; as the years went on
grass grew over the bodies and new flower seeds were planted. Even though
the names of some soliders have been forgotten the battles will never lose
sight.

Lauren Maciel from United States
Comment 30 of 574, 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 574, 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 574, 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 574, 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 574, 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 574, 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

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Information about Grass

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 4. Grass
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Shenandoah
Year: 1918
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 16 2007


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