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Carl Sandburg 1878-1967
Transcript of Carl Sandburg 1878-1967
I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is
done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
world's food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
makes me work and give up what I have. And I
forget. Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then. Apostrophe- denotes a figure of speech in which someone absent, inanimate or dead is addressed as if were alive and present and able to reply. Figurative Language Sandburg makes an allusion to Napoleon Bonaparte and Abraham Lincoln. He is showing that great leaders and successful people come from the working class. " I am a prairie that will stand for much plowing" is an example of a metaphor. Sandburg uses the metaphor to show a difficult task that working class people had to accomplish. " I spatter a few red drops for history to remember, then i forget." is a use of imagery. Sandburg uses the words "spatter" and "red" to show the rigor of the the work. It shows pain and hardship. Tone The tone of the story is fast, steady, and constant. It allows for there to be no questions on Sandburg's opinion towards the working class. Theme In I am the people, the mob, Sandburg creates a theme of stability and confidence. He wants to show that anything can be acomphished through hard work and praises the working class by showing the hard labor they have to endure. Carl Sandburg's North Carolina Home Carl Sandburg's North Carolina home is located in Flat Rock. When Carl died in 1967, his wife Lillian was determined to keep his Legacy alive. She gave her support to congressman Roy Taylor and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall in authorizing the Carl Sandburg Home as a National Park. " Nothing happens unless we dream." - Carl Sandburg Rhyme Scheme The Rhyme Scheme is considered "free verse" because there is not a true pattern. The poem flows on it's own without a rhyme scheme. Instead he uses repition. He repeats the words "I am" starting at the beginning of a new line. Significance of the title. The title is concerning the common people. They are the majority who take on the tasks of daily life. What do you think the poem I am the people, the mob will be about? Why do you think the author gave the poem its title? Speaker The speaker is someone who lives in the city, such as Sandburg. The speaker is someone who is having to work hard to sustain themselves, as well as supply the city with materials and services. The speaker is like an engine who is fueling the city. What is the speaker speaking about? The speaker is speaking about the city life. He is allowing us to know all of the difficult task that have to be accomplished in order for the city to function properly. The speaker shows that the city consists of a series of chain reactions. If the foundation, or working class, are not there then the city cannot function because they keep the world growing. Who is the speaker speaking to? The speaker is speaking to the upper class society. The speaker is trying to show that the lower class does all of the work while the upper class takes the credit for it. Symbols Abraham Lincoln is a symbol of the American spirit. Lincoln was imprinted with the events of the past. He is a symbol of hard work and change. Diction Sandburg uses "street talk", or common talk. He uses repetition of phrases such as, "I am" and "I forget", which allows him to get his point across. He also uses words such as "death" and "terrible" to emphasize the amount and rigor of the work that was done. Response why do you think the author gave the poem its title. ? Song Journal August Johnson changed the family name to Sandburg after encountering many August Johnsons on the railroad.