Jazz Fantasia. By Carl Sandburg. Lyric Poetry. This poem, like all the other poems we have read so far, is lyric poetry Lyric poetry is Heavy on poetic sound devices Uses a lot of figurative language Focuses on capturing emotions and imagery Does NOT tell a story.
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By Carl Sandburg
Sandburg is encouraging the jazz musicians to play their music…
Drum on your drums, batter on your banjoes,
sob on the long cool winding saxophones.
Go to it, O jazzmen.
This is called an apostrophe… not like the punctuation. In poetry, an apostrophe is a direct address, directly talking to someone or something by name.
Sling your knuckles on the bottoms of the happy
tin pans, let your trombones ooze, and go husha-
husha-hush with the slippery sand-paper.
“Slippery sand-paper” is an oxymoron. An oxymoron is a pair of words that are used together but are opposites. Like “jumbo shrimp”
Moan like an autumn wind high in the lonesome treetops,
moan soft like you wanted somebody terrible, cry like a
and scratch each other's eyes in a clinch tumbling down
racing car slipping away from a motorcycle cop, bang-bang!
you jazzmen, bang altogether drums, traps, banjoes, horns,
tin cans — make two people fight on the top of a stairway
This stanza uses similes to help bring the music alive.
The people fighting on the stairs is a metaphor. Why?
Can the rough stuff . . . now a Mississippi steamboat pushes
up the night river with a hoo-hoo-hoo-oo . . . and the green
on the humps of the low river hills . . . go to it, O jazzmen.
lanterns calling to the high soft stars . . . a red moon rides
If you were asked to write an essay that defines the theme of this poem and then discuss the manner in which the author conveys the theme, how might you begin?