Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems (Paperback)

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Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems (Paperback)


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A fresh look at the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet laureate of the American Midwest

With the publication of Chicago Poems in 1916, Carl Sandburg became one of the most famous poets in America: the voice of a Midwestern literary revolt, fusing free-verse poetics with hard-edged journalistic observation and energetic, sometimes raucous protest. 

By the time his first book appeared, Sandburg had been many things—a farm hand, a soldier in the Spanish-American War, an active Socialist, a newspaper reporter and movie reviewer—and he was determined to write poetry that would explode the genteel conventions of contemporary verse. His poems are populated by factory workers, washerwomen, crooked politicians, hobos, vaudeville dancers, and battle-scarred radicals. Writing from the bottom up, bringing to his poetry the immediacy of America’s streets and prairies, factories and jails, Sandburg forged a distinctive style at once lyrical and vernacular, by turns angry, gritty, funny, and tender.
Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) was a poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and a third for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.

Paul Berman is the author of several books, including The Flight of the Intellectuals. His essays on poets and poetry have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Parnassus, and elsewhere.
Product Details ISBN: 9781598537963
ISBN-10: 1598537962
Publisher: Library of America
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English