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Carl Sandburg - Stars, Songs, Faces

GATHER the stars if you wish it so.
Gather the songs and keep them.
Gather the faces of women.
Gather for keeping years and years.
  And then …
Loosen your hands, let go and say good-by.
  Let the stars and songs go.
  Let the faces and years go.
  Loosen your hands and say good-by.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 9. Stars, Songs, Faces
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- V. Mist Forms
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Dec 17 2008

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Comment 2 of 4, added on April 7th, 2013 at 4:01 AM.
Stars, Songs, Faces

The title represents three words, three wishes which are difficult to achieve. Finding the consonance there is easy to do. In the both stanzas, many repetitions can be seen including, "gather", "let" and "open your hand".
I suppose, the poem is against the materialism simply because it conveys that although some wishes are hard to achieve, they are easy to lose. After passing away, we have to "Let the stars and songs go".

Fahim Afarin Asadi from Iran

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