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Connections to Chiago

Analayzing the poem "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg

By: Amir Almamri

Chicago By: Carl SandbergHOG 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 kill again.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 this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;

Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness, Bareheaded, Shoveling, Wrecking, Planning, Building, breaking, rebuilding,Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never 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 of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

On January 6, 1878, Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois. Mr. Sandburg came from a Swedish family that was very poor. After working in many jobs, Mr. Sandburg was finally convinced by a student, to enroll in Lombard College. At Lombard, Mr. Sandburg intrigued Professor Philip Green Wright with his poetry. This professor not only inspired him to continue writing, but even paid for the publication of his first volume of poetry. After graduating from college Mr. Sandburg moved to Milwaukee, where he became a writer and a reporter. He also got married to Lillian Steichen. After a while he and his family move to Chicago, where he would have a bright career. Mr. Sandburg died on July 22, 1967.

Another world connection I made to this poem is related to sports. In sports, when a team wins a lot of championships they become a great team. As a result they feel a big sense of pride toward themselves. In this poem there is a big sense of pride towards the city of Chicago.

A world connection I made to this poem is a local connection. A few years ago, people that lived near the new highway construction were told that they should sell their houses and move away. They were told that because the construction was going to be really noisy and will make the area very unhealthy to live in for a while. Many people moved to other places, but some decided they will stay because this is where they lived their entire lives and where they had many memories. These people still loved their neighborhood even with its negative aspects. This story and the poem relate because there are people who live in a city or a neighborhood that has a lot of negative things but they still love living in it.

The Old CarBy: Amir AlmamriEven though it’s old, He still keeps it,All of his friends tell him to sell it, His wife urges him to throw it away, They all tell him that it is very old, That it’s rusty, And that he cannot even take it to the nearby convenience store. But he still cannot let go of it, He loves it so much, Maybe because of the great memories he had with it, All the great days and nights, All of fun things that he and his friends did with it,It is the eyes to his young adult life, He cherishes it so much, This is why it will remain resting in his garage, for years to come.

The Old Car and Chicago are similar in a few ways. They are both about people who love something a lot. Although they have others who tell them reasons why they shouldn’t love the thing, they still love the thing regardless of the negatives aspects of it.

In this poem, Mr Sandburg appreciates Chicago and everything about it. He shows his pride for the city and its people.

A text connection I made to this poem is to the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this play Romeo and Juliet meet each other and are in love. Although their families are enemies, they decide to get married. They end up suffering the consequence. Both the poem and the play relate because there are people who love something dearly regardless of the dangers of it.

A self connection I made to this poem is about an old muscle shirt I used to have. When I was a young kid, I used to have a muscle shirt that I loved a lot. As I grew older the shirt got smaller and got more ruined. My mother told me throw it away but I refused because I loved the shirt so much that I couldn’t dispose it.


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