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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem Stars, Songs, Faces


  1. Fahim Afarin Asadi says:

    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”.

  2. Farideh Abed says:

    I think the first stanza of this poem refers to the endless wishes of human beings.
    The second stanza represents that these wishes are not permanent because even if we have all the riches of the world,we will have to leave them for good.

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