Carl Sandburg

1878–1967, American poet and biographer

 

HAPPINESS

I ASKED the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell
     me what is happiness.
And I went to famous executives who boss the work of
     thousands of men.
They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though
     I was trying to fool with them
And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along
     the Desplaines river
And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with
     their women and children and a keg of beer and an
     accordion.

 

 

 

CS

 

1878–1967, American poet and biographer, b. Galesburg, Ill. The son of poor Swedish immigrants, left school at the age of 13 and became a day laborer. He served in the Spanish-American War and, after returning to Galesburg, attended Lombard College (now Knox College). In 1902 he went to work as a newspaperman in Milwaukee. In 1908 he married Lillian Steichen, sister of the photographer Edward Steichen. From 1910 to 1912 he was secretary to the Socialist mayor of Milwaukee. Sandburg later moved to Chicago, where he continued his journalism career, becoming in 1917 an editorial writer for the Chicago Daily News. His poetry first began to attract attention in Harriet Monroe’s magazine Poetry. With the appearance of his Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), Smoke and Steel (1920), and Slabs of the Sunburnt West (1922), his reputation was established. Among his later volumes of verse are Good Morning, America (1928), The People, Yes (1936), Complete Poems (1950; Pulitzer Prize), Harvest Poems, 1910–1960 (1960), and Honey and Salt (1963). Sandburg drew most of his inspiration from American history and was profoundly influenced by Walt Whitman. His verse is vigorous and impressionistic, written without regard for conventional meter and form, in language both simple and noble. Much of his poetry celebrates the beauty of ordinary people and things. Sandburg’s most ambitious work was his six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln (1926–39); this monumental work exalts Lincoln as the symbol and embodiment of the American spirit. The last four volumes won the Pulitzer Prize. At 70, Sandburg produced his first work of fiction, the novel Remembrance Rock (1948), a panoramic epic of America. His other works include The American Songbag (1927), a collection of folk ballads and songs; children’s books, such as Rootabaga Stories (1922); and the autobiographical Always the Young Strangers (1953).

 

Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site

   Located in Flat Rock, NC 

     Sandburg and his family moved to North Carolina, which offered the peace and solitude required for his writing and offered over 30 acres of pasture-land that Mrs. Sandburg desired to raise her champion dairy goats!

 

 

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Chicago POEMS

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Chicago
Sketch
Masses
Lost
The Harbor
They Will Say
Mill-Doors
Halsted Street Car
Clark Street Bridge
Passers-by
The Walking Man of Rodin
Subway
The Shovel Man
A Teamster's Farewell
Fish Crier
Picnic Boat
Happiness
Muckers
Blacklisted
Graceland
Child of the Romans
The Right to Grief
Mag
Onion Days
Population Drifts
Cripple
A Fence
Anna Imroth
Working Girls
Mamie
Personality
Cumulatives
To Certain Journeymen
Chamfort
Limited
The Has-Been
In a Back Alley
A Coin
Dynamiter
Ice Handler
Jack
Fellow Citizens
Nigger
Two Neighbors
Style
To Beachey--1912
Under a Hat Rim
In a Breath
Bath
Bronzes
Dunes
On the Way
Ready to Kill
To a Contemporary Bunkshooter
Skyscraper

HANDFULS

Fog
Pool
Jan Kubelik
Choose
Crimson
Whitelight
Flux
Kin
White Shoulders
Losses
Troths

WAR POEMS (1914-1915)

Killers
Among the Red Guns
Iron
Murmurings in a Field Hospital
Statistics
Fight
Buttons
And They Obey
Jaws
Salvage
Wars

THE ROAD AND
THE END

The Road and the End
Choices
Graves
Aztec Mask
Momus
The Answer
To a Dead Man
Under
A Sphinx
Who Am I?
Our Prayer of Thanks

FOGS AND FIRES

At a Window
Under the Harvest Moon
The Great Hunt
Monotone
Joy
Shirt
Aztec
Two
Back Yard
On the Breakwater
Mask
Pearl Fog
I Sang

FOGS AND FIRES  (cont)

Follies
June
Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard
Hydrangeas
Theme in Yellow
Between Two Hills
Last Answers
Window
Young Sea
Bones
Pals
Child
Poppies
Child Moon
Margaret

SHADOWS

Poems Done on a Late Night Car
It Is Much
Trafficker
Harrison Street Court
Soiled Dove
Jungheimer's
Gone

OTHER DAYS (1900-1910)

Dreams in the Dusk
Docks
All Day Long
Waiting
From the Shore
Uplands in May
A Dream Girl
The Plowboy
Broadway
Old Woman
The Noon Hour
'Boes
Under a Telephone Pole
I Am the People, the Mob
Government
Languages
Letters to Dead Imagists
Sheep
The Red Son
The Mist
The Junk Man
Silver Nails
Gypsy

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