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."


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 months. He then became a bricklayer and a farm laborer... more »

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  • ''Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. New York Times (Feb. 13, 1959).
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  • ''Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Quoted in The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, New York, February, 1978).
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  • ''The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. The People, Yes (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford Univers...
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  • ''Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. The People, Yes (1936). The words were popularized during the anti-war protests of the 1960s, and were echoe...
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  • ''The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.''
    Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Two Nocturnes.
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  • P3l3N(4/26/2019 6:41:00 AM)

    Memorized " buckwheat" -Carl Sandburg

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  • buttcheck(3/5/2019 10:54:00 AM)

    job that was good

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  • marcus(3/5/2019 10:52:00 AM)

    that was a good very poem

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  • Which poem is this part of?(12/29/2018 8:06:00 PM)

    guy who goes to meet Carl Sandburg in the rain, and in the end Sandburg kicks him down a hill.

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  • mnulaa(12/18/2018 10:59:00 AM)

    I can see what your saying... Elizabeth`s storry is amazing... on sunday I got a brand new Honda from
    earning $9023 this last four weeks and even more than 10-k this past month. with-out any doubt it's the most
    inancially rewarding I've ever had. I started this 8-months ago and pretty much straight away was bringing
    home over $71... per-hr. I use this great link,

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  • gavin(10/17/2018 10:24:00 AM)

    great poet i think he is pretty cool

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  • klaine(4/19/2018 10:58:00 AM)

    does he have any funny poems

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  • Madison’s(3/2/2018 5:56:00 PM)

    I like the fog one and it has a message behind it you just have to figure it out.i love poems like

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  • cole bob oese(1/26/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    cool bob h m h gb f v

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  • sasmitarani nayak(11/10/2017 9:36:00 PM)

    very nice poem

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Best Poem of Carl Sandburg


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

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