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Carl Sandburg

By: Reagan Theriot

Reagan Theriot

on 25 January 2013

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By: Reagan Theriot CARL SANDBURG Research Quotes Biographical Information Sources Born on January 6th, 1878 in Galesburg, Illinois to August and Clara Sandburg, both Polish immigrants. Dropped out of school at the age of 13 to support his family. At the age of 19 he volunteered to fight in the Spanish-American war as a private in Puerto Rico. After returning home to Galesburg, he attended Lomard College, but left in 1903 without a degree. Met Lillian Steichen at the Social Democratic Party office in 1907. They married the next year, and later on had three children named: Margaret, Helga and Janet. Received three Pulitzer Prizes for his works: "The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg," "Corn Huskers," and a biography on Abraham Lincoln, called "Abraham Lincoln: The War Years." At the age of 89, Carl Sandburg died of heart failure on July 22, 1967. A Chicago urban renewal project, called Carl Sandburg village, was created in Chicago in the 1960’s. Sandburg’s home of 22 years was renamed The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site by the National Park Service of Galesburg, Illinois, where he and his wife Lillian’s ashes were buried. Styles and Influences Carl’s poetry was similar to the works of novelists Jack London and Upton Sinclair, their socialist views are what shape their works. His three major influences were: Philip Green Wright, an English professor at Lombard, Lilian Steichen, a top student of Chicago University and later on wife, and Edward Steichen, his brother-in-law and skilled photographer. What Sandburg had believed to be important was: workers’ rights,racial equality, religious freedom. He was a passionate supporter of the civil rights movement and contributed to the NAACP. http://www.nndb.com/people/845/000031752/
http://promptpapers.com While traveling all across the country in search of jobs, Sandburg observed and digested the places he had been, as a result America “defines his poetry.” The two major themes of Carl Sandburg’s works are moved by his passion for the average American man and search for the meaning of American history. Carl Sandburg’s poems are typically recognized by his humanism, but also his imagery Chicago "Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning." Who am I? "My name is Truth and I am the most elusive captive in the universe." Government Everywhere I saw that Government is a thing made of men, that Government has blood and bones, it is many mouths whispering into many ears, sending telegrams, aiming rifles, writing orders, saying "yes" and "no."
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