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Rating: 3.7
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 I
have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
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Michael Walker 28 October 2019
While I am not taken with 'Hog Butcher for the World', I do like 'Freight Handler to the Nation'. His city has rough edges and serious crimes are committed there, but he is nevertheless proud of Chicago, which is better than 'the/ little soft cities'. Those cities would be safer but boring, he implies.
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Elizabeth 19 August 2018
Dont blame a city cos they kill their own . Gangsters then and gang members now.
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Elizabeth 19 August 2018
Marissa, no stories hidden in this poem It is honestly and brutally truthfull, like chicago.
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Marissa 17 August 2018
i have been doing a class and i needed to review this poem at first I thought it was really boring and now I realize that to understand this poem is to really think about all of the stories that are hidden in the poem.
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TDogg 10 August 2018
Dude Bro is a Chicagoan! !
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Paul Starbuck 03 April 2018
Sandburg is the quintessential American poet. No Englishman, however talented, could have written Chicago. Despite Sandburg's list of Chicago's deficits his talent ensures that we, with him, appreciate the city.
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Cory Henderson 06 December 2017
This sucks i heard better poems
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You Suck 09 May 2019
i is supposed to be I
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Cory Henderson 06 December 2017
This sucks I have heard better poems
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Elisabeth Potts 11 November 2017
This poem almost vibrates off the page!
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Destiny Gray 19 October 2017
so is this not a book bc I have to read it and I'm trying to figure out if its a book..
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