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I am the People,the Mob

By:Carl SandBurg
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Ashrith Reddy

on 15 January 2013

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Transcript of I am the People,the Mob

Connections and Analysis I AM THE PEOPLE, THE MOB Theme Artistic Connection Thematic Connection Bilbiography: The theme of this poem is very clear, the author states that the common people are the workers and perform all the great feats in the world.Emperors and dictators take all the glory but it is the individual citizens that perform the work.They do not receive credit for their talent.

The unrecognized power of the common people. I am the People, the Mob 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. Tonal Analysis 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. Sonic Analysis: 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.

The sounds of the words contribute to the meaning of the poem through the utilization of the senses(touch,hear,smell,taste,see) or imagery.Words like,"I growl,shake myself and spatter a few red drops" give us a "taste" of our senses, when someone "growls" they hear and perceive the noise differently than normal talking. Another sense that we use when we "spatter a few RED drops" is our sense of seeing. Through this we come to understand the poem and get a "feel" for what the author is try to represent.

Also, towards the end of the poem we can there is a tone shift and the tone is now angry due to the certain words the author uses: "fool,sneer,robbed" emphasize his anger and frustration against the anyone who mocks "The People" meaning he has great repsect for them. This poem is bursting with emotion and really makes me think of the amount of good-natured people present in this world and although they have never got their needed appreciation for their outstanding work they still continue to do their best. This poem also connects to a lot of pieces of art during the Gothic period of time where the king lives in a lavish castle and has no worries while the peasants are displayed as almost slave-like laborers working late into the night.

Example: Meaning of the poem: The poem conveys to us that it is in fact the common people,the public, that do all the work in a society.They provide the leaders(the brains) and the workers(muscle power) for a society.However, it is rare thing when the common people get recognized for their work and this is what makes the author angry.

Other Literature:"The Common People" by Ella Wheeler, "We are the Common People" by Francis Duggan.

In the poem "The Common People" Ella Wheeler describes the common people as the "truest heart-friends" and "great and gifted men".These are very similar to Sandburg's opinion of the public, as honest, gifted and talented people"

In the poem "We are the Common People" Francis Duggan describes the feeling of the common people as they are unrecognized for their work and instead their leaders claim all the credit. Sandburg's last stanza in his poem talks about the same thing and how "The People" are played as fools by the leaders. 1."The Common People - An Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poem." The Common People - An Ella Wheeler Wilcox Poem. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013.
2."Carl Sandburg Poems - I Am The People The Mob." Carl Sandburg Poems - I Am The People The Mob. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013.
3."We Are The Common People by Francis Duggan." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/we-are-the-common-people/>. 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. The poem starts off with an angry and straightforward tone (grey).
It then shifts to a confident tone where the author questions the reader too (maroon).
Then the tone sounds as if the writer is proud (blue).
When the authors says “They die”, the tone quickly changes to a sad tone.
“I am the seed ground” also sounds as if the author is proud.
Every time the author says “I forget”, the tone changes from vibrant to a sentimental (red).
Then tone shifts to a powerful tone making the person in the poem regain confidence and power (orange).
The last two sentences of the poem end with a serious tone. And the last sentence conveys a serious and fearful tone.
To recite this poem you should first understand what it’s about. Read more than two times and try to read as if it was you literally writing or saying it. You need to start the poem with a powerful tone and have confidence throughout the whole poem. Understand that there are ups and downs throughout the poem. It talks about tragedies so you have to change your tone in voice. This poems closes with a powerful tone, so be prepared to talk with confidence and energy. The closing sentence is serious and wants to provoke fear in the readers. The sadness portrayed in Sandburg's poem when he describes the common people as "seed ground" that "makes me work and give up what I have" is represented in the figure through the hunch in the mans back and the darkness in which the commoners are working.
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