In “Chicago” Carl Sandburg embraces everything the city has to offer, from hog butchers to railroads, construction to prostitutes. The poem made famous, with the description of Chicago as "City of the Big Shoulders," celebrates its role at the time as the industrial capital of the United States. Personification is used throughout the description of the city. It's a vibrant and dynamic city, and the speaker finds beauty in it, despite its dark corners. The poem shows all parts of the city and shows it to us joyfully. It shows Chicago is vibrant, wicked, cunning, joyful, a laughing place, and shows all of the complexities of the modern city life.
This poem is obsessed with the strength and power of the city, it also celebrates both virtues