And pile them high at Gettysburg And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. By his choice of battles, Gettysberg, Ypres, Verdun etc Sandburg refers to battles that involved great carnage. The lines are long and flowing when he describes war and death and, when he gets to grass, which should be a pastoral, gentle thing, he makes the lines clippy and short. He wants the work to have a continuing, incomplete, work in progress feel. Sandburg also suggests that each river never stays in one place, and once it is gone, it leaves nothing to remember it by.
The lines are long and flowing when he describes war and death and, when he gets to grass, which should be a pastoral, gentle thing, he makes the lines clippy and short. Normally, especially in a short poem like this one, one would want to avoid repetition in order to ensure that the poem stays interesting. The poem illustrates how war is a destructive force through its strong imagery, repetition and personification of the grass. Second, he was a careful historian whose biographies of Abraham Lincoln are thought by many critics to be the most realistic and accurate. Although veiled by spreading root structure, the events remain in memory, a prologue to subsequent wars. Sandburg shifts from personification to a rough smile in the last stanza where he is hoping for a situation where Chicago will get rid of all its blemishes and prosper unexpectedly. This section contains 792 words approx.
The grass imagines that, in the future, ordinary people will travel on trains past the battlefields, and wonder what they are; they will not remember the battles or see signs of them on the landscape. I guess he was just like like those guys at Gettysburg and Ypres. A restless vagabond, Sandburg ended formal schooling and his job as morning milk deliverer at age 13 to take other hands-on jobs, including bootblack, newsboy, hod carrier, kitchen drudge, potter's and painter's assistant, iceman, and porter at Galesburg's Union Hotel barbershop. Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois January 6, 1878 to Swedish immigrant parents with the names of August and Clara Johnson. He never found a stable job however, so he worked odd jobs like shining shoes, delivering papers, and laying brick. Carl Sandburg uses his poems to express his point of view and to also expand our prospective of our every day surroundings, to always remember those who fought for our country even though we cannot see them.
Outside the pre-modern niceties of predictable line lengths and rhyme, the poet ignores scholars and entrepreneurs as he surges toward the city skyline. They are lovers who dream living happily ever after with another. This short poem is not spoken by a human being, but by the grass. War: what is it good for? And pile them high at Gettysburg And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun. Autoplay next video Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Please do not consider them as professional advice and refer to your instructor for the same. Not only does he cloak the grass with personality but he simultaneously creates a narrator who is present throughout time and who is accordingly in a position to observe the folly of man through history.
Grass by Carl Sandburg Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. His steady outpouring — Chicago Poems 1916 , Corn Huskers 1918 , Smoke and Steel 1920 , Slabs of the Sunburnt West 1922 , Good Morning, America 1928 , and The People, Yes 1936 , which lauds the vigorous folk hero Pecos Bill — resulted in Complete Poems 1950 , winner of the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. There is a lack of understanding here of the meaning of death for humans. A rambunctious portrait of a flourishing urban center, the poem makes a vigorous proletarian thrust with its initial images of a butcher, tool maker, harvester, and freight handler. Carl Sandburg was a master of all trades. Not only does he cloak the grass with personality but he simultaneously creates a narrator who is present throughout time and who is accordingly in a position to observe the folly of man through history.
He wasn't one of those poets who was into writing in crazy forms, like the villanelle, or crazy meters, like dactylic hexameter. When one initially glances at the poem, they are led to believe that they will simply be reading a poem about, as the title indicates, Grass. They are a part and parcel of the city. Often the grass is seen as a part of nature that's just so wonderful and Sandburg is opening our eyes to a different point view. Sure, wars end, seasons change, time passes, battlefields are covered in new grass, and new life begins, but can we ever really heal from the scars of war? In addition, he staked out new territory with a cross-cultural collection of folk ballads, The American Songbag 1927.
Although he spent many months in Puerto Rico, he never saw any action. I use this great link, www. The extension of meaning is chilling: as the grass covers each battlefield of each war, people forget what happened there, so another war begins, where even more men die, and the grass covers all, and people forget again, so yet another war begins. Sandburg used his poetry to explicate to the economy how life is, can, and could be. However, it is rarely fully understood. Instead, our dude Carl was interested in the people. He served eight months in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war.
Written from a non- shifting first persons narrative point of view, the poem can be viewed as a piece written by an individual who is deeply in love with the city he grew up in. When one initially glances at the poem, they are led to believe that they will simply be reading a poem about, as the title indicates, Grass. There are other lessons to be learnt from this. So even though we know that the cycle of piling and shoveling is going to go on, the piles seem to build up faster than humanity can shovel. Sandburg received a second Pulitzer Prize for his Complete Poems in 1950.