Bringing Chicago To Life Essay

762 words - 4 pages

Carl Sandburg describes Chicago as a tough and hefty city. Chicago is portrayed as a proud city, a city proud to be so “strong and cunning” whereas other cities of the time were not. Chicago is characterized by the people and workers who live in it. Sandburg loves Chicago even though it is a brutally tough city. Sandburg uses imagery, personification, and punctuation to characterize the city as an actual person.
Sandburg uses imagery that gives Chicago the reputation of being wicked, crooked, and brutal. The author gives references of when people have called the city such names. Sandburg says, “And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen/ the gunman kill and go ...view middle of the document...

Not only does Sandburg personify the city by giving it a heart and pulse but in these lines he describes Chicago as bragging that it owns the hearts of its people. Sandburg efficiently describes the pride he takes in his city by bringing it to life by giving a body and naming it after the workers that live within it. The working-class nature of the city does not make it ashamed but proud.
Sandburg uses punctuation to make the poem seem as if it is a letter written to Chicago. The first five stanzas of the poem is a list of names given to Chicago. The author say, “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:,” (1-5). Sandburg gives Chicago each of those name and uses a colon at the end to make the whole poem seem as if it is addressed to the city. The author uses a comma addressing the city saying he believes the things people say about it. One example would be when he says, “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,”...

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