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Author: Poetry of Carl Sandburg Type: Poetry Views: 5690

Hog Butcher for the World,Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;Stormy, husky, brawling,City of the Big Shoulders:They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for Ihave seen your painted women under the gas lampsluring the farm boys.

And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, itis true I have seen the gunman kill and go free tokill again.

And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On thefaces of women and children I have seen the marksof wanton hunger.

And having answered so I turn once more to those whosneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneerand say to them:

Come and show me another city with lifted head singingso proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.

Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job onjob, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against thelittle soft cities;Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunningas a savage pitted against the wilderness,Bareheaded,Shoveling,Wrecking,Planning,Building, breaking, rebuilding,

Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing withwhite teeth,

Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a youngman laughs,

Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who hasnever lost a battle,

Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.and under his ribs the heart of the people,Laughing!

Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter ofYouth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be HogButcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player withRailroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.






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this poem is truly alive..writhing in your x OUT OF AMTRACK WINDOW FROM ARLINGTON, VI TO BOSTON, MASS ON MARCH 6/7 2013 WITH BLIZZARD JUST BEHIND US & AROUND US ALL I COULD THINK OF WAS \"CHICAGO\" BECAUSE IT PERFECTLY DESCRIBES THE INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR OF THE NORTH EAST & AMERICA IN GENERAL, NOT JUST CHICAGO.

| Posted on 2013-04-30 | by a guest


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thx i did not understand and i had paper to write on this poem

| Posted on 2013-01-13 | by a guest


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Sandburg is talking about how even though he recognizes the bad parts about Chicago, he is still extremely proud of it. He compares Chicago to a young man, who is strong & has many capabilities that will help him prosper & become proud of himself. Sandburg might even be described as \"in-your-face\" proud of Chicago. He is saying that Chicago\'s VITALITY trumps everything else & that he appreciates the workers the most. Sandburg is writing about the American Dream, and keeping true to the traditional ideal that a good work ethic would lead to prosperity, pride, prestige, & power.

| Posted on 2012-06-03 | by a guest


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wow thanku all of u,i have a test,n analysis of chicago is a part of the test
thanks evryone.
lily

| Posted on 2011-01-06 | by a guest


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This is a poem that needs to be read aloud. It is alive, vivid, and writhing. Sandburg paints a picture of a grimy, dark city of Men. They work jobs that pull and pump their muscles; their sweat and physical essence build Chicago, and they are proud of the city that they mold with their own strong hands. To Sandburg, the life within the city surges with the same blood of its men.

| Posted on 2010-08-26 | by a guest


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i think that this is about how much he loves his city, even though it\'s not perfect...and then he argues with anyone who says that it\'s a horrible city.

| Posted on 2010-08-26 | by a guest


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It is actually comparing the city to baseball players.. and this is used as personification

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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It is actually comparing the city to baseball players.. and this is used as personification

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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The poem is written in a first person narrative that does not shift. I believe that this is a 1st person narrative because there is one speaker who is describing his or her feelings on Chicago. The speaker is very passionate about his city of Chicago. The speaker is a realist because he analyses Chicago completely and from different vantage points. Then, he makes his argument.

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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the poem seems to symbolize the city life of chicago and also uses personfication towards the city chicago as it describes itself in voice of a human the painted women are prostitutes which symbolize the lost humanity in Chicago and the fact that it runs itself and doesnt care about what the other states think about Chicago.

| Posted on 2010-05-16 | by a guest


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GOOD ANALYSIS PEOPLE. THIS IS GOING TO HELP ME FOR MY ESSAY ABOUT COMPARING AND CONTRAST THANKS...:)

| Posted on 2010-03-08 | by a guest


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The book Jungle paints this same vivid picture of starting out as strong, tough, hoping for a better future in the industrialized city, but soon the gruesome, pain staking work takes a toll on the worker, leaving him/her with nothing but weakness, disease and illness. That is where the laugh of the one in charge comes to play, for he is seen as though invincible and can't be touched, while the poor slum is fired, and the next best man is there to take his role, he soon too grows weak and weary, the cycle goes on and on.

| Posted on 2010-01-28 | by a guest


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The reference to painted women is not about prostitution. It is refering to how people in the country were lured in like farm boys would be to painted women. People flocked to the city because it was so "amazing" or so they thought, but they didn't know how bad it could be.

| Posted on 2010-01-17 | by a guest


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man nafahmidam in sher dar hajve chicagoe ya madhesh

| Posted on 2009-09-01 | by a guest


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The first part of the poem talks about the jobs people of Chicago had. The second part, starting from "They tell me..." indicates the problems Chicago faced-- prostitution (painted women), crime (gunman) and poverty (wanton hunger). The third part of the poem, with the line "fierce as the dog...” indicates the aggressiveness of the citizens of Chicago to work.
The section that starts with x breaking, rebuilding,..." illustrates the city's ability to reinvent itself over and over again. No matter what it becomes famous for, it always seems to want more, and is willing to destroy its most cherished accomplishments for the sake of its future.

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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There are the ruthless jobs that can define a city in the the first stanza.
Painted women can represent prostitutes.
Hog butcher, tool maker, stacker of wheat, player with railroads, and freight handler are all the shortcomings found in Chicago.
All these shortcomings go along with Sandburg's theme of industrialization. There is hunger and pain and death and destruction, but despite that, the narrator asks if there is a city more majestic than Chicago(forgetting all the problems).
Chicago has shown promise and become the leading city of the country(Carl Sandburg established Chicago as the country's leading literary center).
Through all of the grit of the ugliness of Chicago, Sandburg personifies it with traits of arrogances, overconfidence and pride. The city shows promise because it can continue to laugh in times where evil prevails. It shows you that good can always make itself apparent in the face of evil.
Chicago is still sound and rapidly growing (ex: the constant x breaking, rebuilding,")

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


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Chicago
This poem talks about the industrialized city of Chicago. It makes canned goods, tools and wheat for export. They are also good in cargoes.

| Posted on 2009-02-19 | by a guest


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Carl was in love with his painted women. He is glorifying them with this poem.

| Posted on 2009-01-08 | by a guest


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So i think this thing is about loving a woman that is cruell bugt he cana't seem to convince his burdys to like her becus he desn't want to leve here butr his frends want him to leee her

| Posted on 2008-02-24 | by a guest


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work towards an analysis rather than a review eh? I have to agree with this persons comment. To sandburg, the life within chicago surge with the same blood of its men. Those men worked hard to build a city they love most. Anybody who does that must've really cared about what they were doing. Jesus christ, How much do I have to write just to get this posted? Oh by the way, if anybody could help me identify what Rhetorical devices this poem has that would be great because I need a little help with my poetry project. It would be really nice if you emailed me at rockon_gc@yahoo.com. I love poetry Rock on kids

| Posted on 2006-04-26 | by Approved Guest


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This is a poem that needs to be read aloud. It is alive, vivid, and writhing. Sandburg paints a picture of a grimy, dark city of Men. They work jobs that pull and pump their muscles; their sweat and physical essence build Chicago, and they are proud of the city that they mold with their own strong hands. To Sandburg, the life within the city surges with the same blood of its men.


| Posted on 2005-03-29 | by Approved Guest




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