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Carl Sandburg

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Ben Burton

on 24 March 2015

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Transcript of Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg was born on January 6th, 1878 in Galesburg, Illnois
A Father To His Son: By Carl Sandburg
Style of the poem
The style seems to be a confessional, he seems to want to be able to guide his son threw life, sort of holding his hand but letting him go as well.
Title of the Poem
The meaning of the title,
"A Father To His Son"
seems like it has a rather obvious meaning. It looks to be saying that a son is grateful of his father and the lessons he has taught him.
In 1919 Sandburg won a Pulitzer Prize, for his collection: Corn Huskers
He was also the only poet ever to be invited to address a joint session of Congress.
Sandburg died of natural causes in 1967
Repetition in the Poem
The word
is used rather often in the poem. The father is trying to tell his son things that will help him in life.
Opening and Closing Lines of the Poem
The opening line of the poem "
A father sees his son nearing manhood. What shall he tell that son?
" is stating, that the father is wondering what his son will need to know as he begins going threw manhood.

The ending line of the poem, "
He will be lonely enough to have time for the work he knows as his own
." Is saying, that he will have enough time for his own craft, whatever that may be.
Passage of Time in the Poem
The poem doesn't have a specific place were it shows time passing, but it seems to start where his son is entering manhood and it ends basically where he is fully in manhood.
Speaker of the Poem, Names of Characters
The assumption made is that the speaker is a male since both characters are male, the story is told in a second person, the son is his audience.
Basic Details of the Poem
I feel that the hidden message in the poem is that you sometimes need to be guided in life and than other times you need to find your own way through life.
Culture, Fantasy vs. Reality
It seems that Sandburg didn't have any Cultural influence in this poem.
The poem is set in a Reality setting, as it is a father talking to his son.
Mood and Tone of the Poem
The tone Sandburg used in the poem "A Father To His Son" appears to be serious, as he is giving his son rather important advice.
Themes of the Poem
It seems that the subject is that the father is passing on life advice to his aging son, and to spend time by oneself, and to improve on oneself.
Rhythm of the Poem
Use of Senses in the Poem, Imagery in the Poem
Sandburg does not seems to stress senses in this poem. The speaker, or the father is talking to his son, it is easy to picture a father and a son sitting down and talking about what to expect in life.
Language of the Poem, Supplemental Materials
The poem has very little usage of a rhyme scheme, but it makes up for this by using plenty of repetition
The website we found the poem at did not have any editor notes or comments.
A father sees his son nearing manhood. What shall he tell that son?
"Life is hard; be steel; be a rock." And this might stand him for the storms and serve him for humdrum monotony and guide him among sudden betrayals and tighten him for slack moments. "Life is a soft loam; be gentle; go easy." And this too might serve him. Brutes have been gentled where lashes failed. The growth of a frail flower in a path up has sometimes shattered and split a rock. A tough will counts. So does desire. So does a rich soft wanting. Without rich wanting nothing arrives.
him too much money has killed men and left them dead years before burial: the quest of lucre beyond a few easy needs has twisted good enough men sometimes into dry thwarted worms.
him time as a stuff can be wasted.
him to be a fool every so often and to have no shame over having been a fool yet learning something out of every folly hoping to repeat none of the cheap follies thus arriving at intimate understanding of a world numbering many fools.
him to be alone often and get at himself and above all
himself no lies about himself whatever the white lies and protective fronts he may use against other people.
him solitude is creative if he is strong and the final decisions are made in silent rooms.
him to be different from other people if it comes natural and easy being different. Let him have lazy days seeking his deeper motives.
Let him seek deep for where he is born natural. Then he may understand Shakespeare and the Wright brothers, Pasteur, Pavlov, Michael Faraday and free imaginations Bringing changes into a world resenting change.
He will be lonely enough to have time for the work he knows as his own.

The poem does not seem to have a dominant rhythm.
Drawing Conclusions
The poem is basically a father giving his son life advice, things like, spending time by yourself is good, it can help you expand as a person, than other things like money can make good men but can also hurt others.
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