Category Archives: Poetry

Accomplished Facts by Carl Sandburg

For those who think the phrase “so it goes” was the property of Kurt Vonnegut, this poem demonstrates that Carl Sandburg beat him to it.

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And So To-Day by Carl Sandburg

This poem  was written on the occasion of the interment of the World War I Unknown Soldier.

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At the Gates of Tombs by Carl Sandburg

At the Gates of Tombs I enjoy exploring the work of poets. Some poems become dated while others written long ago could have been written yesterday. That is the case here. Sandburg comments on the fate of civilizations and the … Continue reading

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Boy and Father by Carl Sandburg

To the boy Alexander, it is dreams from his reading and wonder about his lost mother as the rain comes down.

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Bricklayer’s Love by Carl Sandburg

A love not meant to be is still remembered at the top of a ladder.

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Cahoots by Carl Sandburg

Corruption happens but in Chicago it is an art form. Perhaps the stuffing of pockets might be handicapped by the wearing of mittens.

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Chicago and other Poems by Carl Sandburg

These poems come from the volume of Chicago Poems published in 1916. Sandburg said, “Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town … Continue reading

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Death Snips Proud Men by Carl Sandburg

No matter our accomplishments or power, we are all subject to Death’s whim.

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Fellow-Citizens by Carl Sandburg

A wry look at happiness.

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Four Preludes On Playthings In The Wind by Carl Sandburg

No matter the scope of man’s accomplishments they soon revert to dust.

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House By Carl Sandburg

A veteran of the Civil War tells tales of slaughter to two young Swedish boys. One of them wants to be a soldier.

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Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

A scary poem about the goblins who’ll get you if you don’t watch out. James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was known as the Hoosier poet.

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Ossawatomie by Carl Sandburg

On August 30th of 1856 pro-slavery raiders attacked the abolitionist town of Ossawatomie, Kansas. The town was defended by John Brown and 40 residents with the raiders having 6 to 1 odds in their favor. The defenders had to abandon … Continue reading

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Renascence by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) wrote this poem in 1912 when she was 20. Although she wrote many other poems that were published, this is the one poem most often associated with her. It became known to television … Continue reading

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Six Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The poems come from the volume “Second April”. The titles are: Travel, Song of a Second April, Inland, Wraith, Doubt No More that Oberon, and Lament

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Skyscraper by Carl Sandburg

An anthropomorphic view of a skyscraper. When this was written a 20 story building was considered a skyscraper.

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The Crapshooters by Carl Sandburg

The game goes on living or dead.

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The Lawyers Know Too Much by Carl Sandburg

A search is made for that which is created by lawyers yet its substance cannot be found.

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The Mayor of Gary by Carl Sandburg

A poem about the indifference of a politician to the lives of working men when they worked 12 hour days and a 7 day week.

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The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley

Some feel this poem was the inspiration for Raggedy Ann. It’s a child’s eye view of a hired hand who was very good to his employer’s children.

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