Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Carl Sandburg
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Carl Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg "indubitably an American in every pulse-beat."

Biography

Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, to parents of Swedish ancestry. At the age of thirteen (During Eighth grade) he left school and began driving a milk wagon. From the age of about fourteen until he was seventeen or eighteen, he worked as a porter at the Union Hotel barbershop in Galesburg. After that he was on the milk route again for 18 ... more »

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  • ''There will be a rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart,
    The rifle grooves curling with flakes of rust.
    A spider will make a silver string nest in the darkest, warmest
    corner of it.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. A. E. F. (l. 1-3). . . Modern American & British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed., in consultation with Karl Sh...
  • ''The buffaloes are gone.
    And those who saw the buffaloes are gone.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Buffalo Dusk (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, The. Donald Hall, ed. (1985) Oxford U...
  • And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of
    women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at ...
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Chicago (l. 10-12). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University ...
  • ''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.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. "Chicago," Chicago Poems (1916).
  • ''tell me if the lovers are losers . . . tell me if any get more
    than the lovers . . . in the dust . . . in the cool tombs.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Cool Tombs (l. 4). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford Univers...
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  • Barry Gross (3/2/2012 3:15:00 PM)

    When I listen to a politician trumpet proud words
    I wonder, if hidden by the lectern, are
    polished wingtips or long, hard boots.

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  • Malkisedik Yahya (9/6/2008 12:01:00 PM)

    i love sandburg's works, especially that use the wor 'moon'..wish me luck b'coz i wanna write my undergraduate thesis about the meaning of sandburg's works that use the word 'moon'...

  • Rosa Jamali (6/1/2008 2:39:00 PM)

    I think postmodern poetry owes Sandburg, as he was the first to describe machinery life, he expanded the range of words in poetry & he tried to add some new concepts, we have to reread Sandburg to go forward...

  • A. Michael Sears (2/13/2006 8:19:00 PM)

    What can I say? Carl Sandburg is truly a master. His ability to celebrate the beauty and greatness in all things common, is unmatched. And since the publication of 'Chicago Poems' in 1916, the voice of modern poetry has never been the same.

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