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Poetry Analysis

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Leoreta F

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Poetry Analysis

Death Snips Proud Men
Death Snips Proud Men
Carl Sandburg
January 1878 - July 1967
Poetry Analysis
Leoreta Frrokaj

Born on January 6, 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois to August and Clara Johnson
Quit school after 8th grade
Decided to travel as a hobo in 1897
Entered the Spanish-American war in 1898
Entered Lombard college after the war - supported himself as a call firemen
Joined the "Poor Writers' Club" at Lombard
Wrote his first book in 1904 - "In Reckless Ecstasy"
Carl Sandburg Biography
Married Lilian Paula Steichen in 1908
Took to journalism, writing for the Chicago Daily News, after marrying and having children
Gained notability in 1914 after his poems were featured in a very famous magazine
Split his poems into parts starting with his 'Chicago Poems' in 1916
Wrote a biography on Abraham Lincoln - won a Pulitzer prize in 1940
Wrote an autobiography - "Always the Young Strangers"
Second Pulitzer Prize win in 1951 for "Complete Poems"
Died on July 22, 1967 - his ashes were returned to his childhood home
Biography Continued...
DEATH is stronger than all the governments because the governments are
men and men die and then death laughs: Now you see 'em, now you
don't.
Death is stronger than all proud men and so death snips proud men on
the nose, throws a pair of dice and says: Read 'em and weep.
Death sends a radiogram every day: When I want you I'll Drop in - and
then one day he comes with a master key and lets himself in and says:
We'll go now.
Death is a nurse mother with big arms: 'Twon't hurt you at all; it's your
time now; you need a long sleep, child; what have you had any-
how better than sleep?
Literary Devices
Personification
Personification of Death
Death is able to do human things; death is given a body and a voice
Death can be anyone or anything and can be hidden in the most innocent of things (such as a nurse mother)
Parallel Structure
"Death is..." (x3)
Reinforcing the personification of Death
Metaphor
"Death is a nurse mother..."
Reinforces the personification of Death
Nurse mothers are comforting = Death is comforting
Death is not something to fear, it is sometimes the best thing
ANALYSIS
Genre
Descriptive Poetry
Speaker
Audience
Everyone - Universal truth
Upper Class - don't get too comfy
Lower Class - don't be too jealous because money and power never last long
Theme
Success and money amount to nothing in the end because we all submit to Death's unlimited power and range
Death is the most powerful "person"
Do not put too much emphasis on money and success because they don't ensure happiness
Make your life worth living by doing the things you enjoy and things that make you happy before you lose any chance you had (YOLO it. Safely.)
What I Liked
Very honest
Holds nothing back
Universal truth - Death is feared
Reminder that success is not as important as happiness
Accurate representation of life and death
What did you like/dislike?
What do you think?
What do you think?
What do you think?
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