Comment 1 of 2, added on December 5th, 2004 at 10:27 PM.
*- The "Sandhill people" Sandburg is making reference to are birds, more
specifcally seagulls. He uses the phrase "a thing my people call _______"
as a way to futher establish the idea that the Sandhill people are a small
society in themselves and that the gulls have words for the emotions he is
*- The narrator's point (3): A.) picture,
*-There is a clear cut example of parallelism when comparing the gramatical
stucture 1st and 2nd stanza, but there is also a relationship between the
ideas within these stanzas.
I- A.) Flying Seagull over Pine-trees
B.) Waukegan, IL-
C.) Love- Compared to a flowing river that tumbles over terrain
The scene of a gull flying presumably in the daylight brings about the idea
of love and excileration. (River thing)
II- A.) A bird's cry signaling the begining of night
C.) Silence- compared to wind running over terrain, never to be heard
The scene of a single bird's cry brings about the idea of silence (A single
sound makes silence more noticable,) and the begining of darkness/death.
III- A.) 3 waterbirds on the shoreline creating markings in the sand (Bird
Sanscrit) The words themselve "zig-zag" like the birds in the stanza
because of the use of double gerund phrases.
C.) Death- described as a "coat all the stars and seas have worn" and "A
face the beach wears between sunset and dusk"
The scene of 3 birds scuttling around in the shore brings about the idea
death or the end of a day.
*-(CONFUSING- WHAT DOES THE PHRASE "neither a whistle...." ADD TO THE
*-Death- invetiable, old, natural, cyclic, etc....
*-(Maybe change from light to dark, or Day to night, paralleism?)
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