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Chicago. Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Home Brookwood High School 11 th Grade American Literature. “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg. 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;

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chicago

Chicago

Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Home

Brookwood High School

11th Grade American Literature

chicago by carl sandburg
“Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

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;

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen

your painted women under the gas lampsluring the farm boys.

And they tell my 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 cit, and I give them back the sneer and 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;

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“Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

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 a Hog Butcher, Tool Maker,

Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler

to the Nation.

carl sandburg as a young man
Carl Sandburg as a young man
  • Carl Sandburg's 1916 "Chicago" is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Included in countless anthologies, this poem made famous the description of Chicago as "City of the Big Shoulders," celebrating its role at the time as the industrial capital of the United States.
chicago hog butcher of the world
Chicago: Hog butcher of the world

Chicago was the hog—and cattle—butcher for the world.

Image courtesy U.S. Library of Congress.

apostrophe
Apostrophe
  • A literary device in which a speaker or narrator directly addresses a person or a thing.
  • For example, in the poem “Chicago” Carl Sandburg addresses the city as if it were a person:
  • “They tell me you are wicked and I believed them.”
  • Find another example in the poem.
personification
Personification
  • Figurative language in which a non-human subject is given human qualities.
  • Find an example of this in “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg.
assignment
Assignment
  • Visually represent Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”
  • Select three images that really bring the poem to life – illustrate these and quote the poem to guide your reader and viewer through your representation
  • Select three literary devices that we have studied (include apostrophe) and visually illustrate these as well
  • Your final drawing should have six images and quotes to go along with it