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Analysis and comments on Grass by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 24 of 574, 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 574, 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 574, 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
thanks alot

sean from United States
Comment 21 of 574, 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
Comment 20 of 574, added on June 4th, 2007 at 10:59 PM.

"those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

tzvi from United States
Comment 19 of 574, added on April 8th, 2007 at 12:52 PM.

The grass in this poem functions as a private symbol for the world’s
forgetfulness of the horrors of war and destruction. It can also be viewed
as a symbol of time.

Kelsey from United States
Comment 18 of 574, added on March 21st, 2007 at 10:51 AM.

The grass is time. This poem is about how time covers all, how the dead are
forgotten over time.

lorry from United States
Comment 17 of 574, added on February 14th, 2007 at 5:17 PM.


DANNY from United States
Comment 16 of 574, added on March 30th, 2006 at 12:11 PM.

Ypres and Verdun are towns in Europe that were almost completely destroyed
during World War One. But now they are rebuilt, the grass has grown over
everything and there is nothing left to show that some big battle happened
there and that people died except a few plaques and stuff. Gettysburg was a
major turning point in the Civil War and was a very bloody battle.
Austerlitz and Waterloo are both major battles in the Napoleonic Wars.

Shannon from United States
Comment 15 of 574, added on March 13th, 2006 at 10:13 PM.

This dramatic monologue relates the growing of grass and past battles. This
poem shows society versus nature and how nature wins. The grass grows and
covers all the work that man has done, and the grass conquers it. Years
later, no one would have ever known anything had happened there. This is
because the grass moves on; It keeps on growing and doesn’t pause for a
second. The grass is ubiquitous; It appears everything and is ever-present.
This poem also shows how the cycle of life is apathetic to man’s affairs.
The bodies fertilize the ground and the grass grows. The cycle of nature
never stops.

Stephanie V 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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