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Analysis and comments on Jazz Fantasia by Carl Sandburg

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Comment 10 of 340, added on January 30th, 2011 at 11:54 PM.
Go to it, O jazzmen

Oh, no, you all got it wrong.
He was making reference to the ascendency of Communists ifitrating the
secret parts of our lives and society in a sometimes easy, and sometimes
struggled thrust to overthow our bourgeoise stalemate of class
Go to it, O jazzmen, is code language for, "seize the day, comrades."

Mathieu from United States
Comment 9 of 340, added on October 18th, 2009 at 11:58 PM.

This poem is very intense.
Like Jazz, the poem has a rhythm.
I believe it starts out hard "drumming and battering" with onomatopoeia to
show different sounds that each "instruments" such as sand paper and banjos
Then, there is a tone shift from "Moan like..." The tone becomes mournful
from happy and excited. Then it becomes aggressive, "make two people
fight". The rhythm of the poem is fast, furious, and moves with urgency
just like improvisational jazz.
From "Can the rough stuff", the tone comes back but the end stanza shows
loneliness and mysterious beauty of "a red moon rides on the humps...go to
it, jazzmen".

Chrissy from Korea, South
Comment 8 of 340, added on March 23rd, 2008 at 2:32 PM.

i like america. jazz fantasia is america.

Miter Banisderty from Zimbabwe
Comment 7 of 340, added on February 29th, 2008 at 3:22 PM.

As a teacher, I used this poem as an example of the way
poets use "sound" words such as crash and bang. The poem, when read
emphasizing the sounds, gives the rhythms and 'noises' of words imitating a
jazz band creating the clashing sounds of civilization. My favorite word
is "horns." The resonance of the voice takes on the meaning of a musical
instrument producing the sound of an automobile. We read it aloud and
divide the class into two pitches when me come to that word (like 'oogah').
But I think "Go to it O jazzmen means to the poet--"Do your creative
thing." It will mean something different to each reader as we bring our
own experiences to the reading of any poem.

John Rhoades from United States
Comment 6 of 340, added on February 13th, 2008 at 5:04 PM.

I don't understand this poem. What is the occasion of the poem,what can I
paraphrase in this poem, who the speaker of this poem, what's the simle or
metaphore in this poem and the theme and message of this poem!!SOMEBODY

masha from United States
Comment 5 of 340, added on April 4th, 2006 at 4:29 PM.

I love this poem! I am a member of my school's jazz band, and have always
been a huge fan of jazz. I think this poem does an incredible job of
capturing the essence of jazz, of its mystery and excitement and the way
the mood is constantly changing with each note, each rhythm, and each song.

Amanda from United States
Comment 4 of 340, added on March 28th, 2006 at 11:41 AM.

This is a great poem and it is a tribute to jazz. I really like jazz and
when I read this peom i ger very relaxed!!!!

Brittani Webb from United States
Comment 3 of 340, added on February 21st, 2006 at 5:20 PM.

I love this poem! It rox my sox! LOL but still it's a scream for fun and
crazyness! It's takes courage to have fun...

Hellen Sugar from United States
Comment 2 of 340, added on November 15th, 2005 at 9:34 PM.

This poem made me feel as if music can make someone feel better , it also
tells me that Carl Sandburg had a side to him that no one sees , that he
keeps inside of him.

kc from United States
Comment 1 of 340, added on October 26th, 2005 at 9:28 AM.

I think that the poem is very showing of how the poet feels and is using
tone and speaker to show how life can be fun but you need to have a little
fun in order to make it fun. I am only 15 years old and i still can tell
that the poet wanted to tell about life in a different format that just
coming out and saying it. I love this poem!!!

Kenneth Coffee from United States

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Information about Jazz Fantasia

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 6. Jazz Fantasia
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- III. Broken-Face Gargoyles
Year: 1922
Added: Feb 4 2004
Viewed: 3517 times
Poem of the Day: Mar 19 2005

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