Fire In Chicago

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Chicago has always been a great city, Right? Wrong, Chicago has had to jump through many hoops to get to where it is today. The city went through many hard times and had many high and lows, literally. Chicago has had many important events one of them and the most important of them all would have to be the start of Chicago. Another would have to be the infamous fire of 1871, which burned half of the city to the ground ("Timeline Chicago."). Chicago has had many great poets that have been molded there with the pride for their great city. One of my favorites would have to be Carl Sandberg with his poem Chicago, displaying his pride for the city. Chicago was established in 1833("Timeline: Early Chicago History."). It is on the Mississippi…show more content…
The fire consumed the wooden houses and any building within “striking” distance ("History Files - Chicago Fire." Paragraph 1). The fire raged for two days before it started raining and extinguished the fire ("History Files - Chicago Fire." Paragraph 3). However by that time the fire had caused so much damage, more than 100,000 people were without homes ("Chicago." Section: The Great Fire And Rebuilding, Paragraph 1). When Ogden heard about the fire that leveled most of the Great City he loved, he went to help rebuild ("People & Events: William Butler Ogden (1805-1877)." Paragraph 10).Even though the Chicago was being rebuilt at a fast pace Ogden did not get to see it completely finished, in 1877 when he died ("Chicago." Section: The Great Fire and Rebuilding, Paragraph 1, Last Sentence)( "People & Events: William Butler Ogden (1805-1877)."Paragraph 12). During the time Chicago spent rebuilding it had many additions to its great City. In 1885 Chicago’s rebuilding efforts were rewarded with their very first Skyscraper ("Chicago." Section: The Great Fire and Rebuilding Paragraph 2). Chicago also to showcase their shiny new city in the 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition ("Chicago." Section: The Great Fire and Rebuilding Paragraph 2) Even though the Great city of Chicago has “rebuilt” It is still recovering to…show more content…
He got a job at the Daily News where the owner Harriet Monroe had started a poetry column (“Carl Sandburg” Paragraph 3). While writing for the Daily News Sandburg wrote Chicago, a poem based on the city of Chicago (“Carl Sandburg” Paragraph 3). The poem states all the things that people see and then he says how he sees the city it is a very disdainful poem but he loves it at the same time. “They tell me you are wicked, and I believe them / for I have seen our painted women under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys. / And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it / is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to / kill again” (Lines 6 – 11) (Sandburg, Carl. "Poetry Magazine."). He knows the city is twisted even at that time, he knows that there are prostitutes in the city. Sandburg knows that there are “gangsters” that kill people for money, and sometimes for no reason at all. Sandburg can see how people that do not live in the city see the bad of the city. “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and/ coarse and strong and cunning.”(Lines 10-11) (Sandburg, Carl. "Poetry Magazine."). He points out that they have been through so much that they cannot be torn down even with all the terrible things that happened there. “Bareheaded,/ Shoveling,/ Wrecking,/ Planning,/ Building, breaking, rebuilding,”(lines 13-17)

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