I ASKED a gypsy pal
To imitate an old image
And speak old wisdom.
She drew in her chin,
Made her neck and head
The top piece of a Nile obelisk
and said:
Snatch off the gag from thy mouth, child,
And be free to keep silence.
Tell no man anything for no man listens,
Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem Gypsy


  1. Sana Ali says:

    I want summary of this poem with easy explanation.

  2. Stephanie says:

    This poem was intriguing. It was mysterious yet told the truth. Gypsy sounds so old time but I like the way they talk about the Gypsy. I love the saying “Tell no man anything for no man listens.” It tells a lot about how Carl thought.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding the meaning or the theme of this poem by Carl Sandburg better? If accepted, your analysis will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.