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Analyzing 20th Century Poetry

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on 27 July 2015

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Analyzing 20th Century Poetry
"Fog" by Carl Sandburg
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"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams
This is another example of how a short, simple poem can lead to a greater idea and meaning.

In the few lines about this red wheelbarrow, there's an idea that a livelihood is ensured with it. The poem isn't just about the wheelbarrow; its about what it allows and provides. It allows a family to move some sort of product, probably a crop, which means some sort of living. Many people in the 20th century resorted to farm living and self sufficient ways, and would've utilized things such as a simple wheelbarrow.
The mention of chickens also provides the evidence that a family may be living on a farm.
While both of these poems may seem short, they hold great meaning in relation to the 20th century as well as poetry of that time.

They are open to multiple interpretations, and that is what makes their simplicity so intriguing.
"Fog" by Carl Sandburg
This poem takes just a few lines to describe fog moving over a city.

If you think about this poem in terms of the 20th century and life of that time, you can imagine that maybe the fog is actually industrial smog, due to increased industrialization. The 20th century brought about new factories and industrial ways of life, so the appearance of smog would not be surprising.
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