Carl Sandburg's Poem 'Chicago'

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Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Included in many anthologies, the poem made the well-known description of Chicago as “City of Big Shoulders” honoring its role as of industrial capital of the United States at the time. Sandburg’s family moved around during his entire childhood and he dropped out of school at age 13. He worked almost every job there is to offer. He finally went back to college and captured the attention of Professor Phillip Green Wright. He not only encouraged Sandburg to continue his writing, but he also paid for the publication of his first volume of poetry called “Reckless Ecstasy” (1904). Sandburg met his wife and moved to Chicago, where he became an editorial for Chicago “Daily News”. Harriett Monroe began publishing his poems and Carl established his reputation with the release of “Chicago”. In his poem “Chicago”, Carl Sandburg uses cataloging, metaphors, and imagery to say that despise its flaws Chicago is a great city and you should be proud of where you call home.…show more content…
Imagery includes the "mental pictures" that readers experience with a passage of literature. A metaphor is a comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking. Sandburg uses cataloging in the first stanza by naming Chicago “Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of wheat” etc. He uses imagery in lines such as, “for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys” and “On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.” He also uses metaphors such as, “here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities” and “Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for

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