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The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg Hardcover – January 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (January 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151009961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151009961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), the son of Swedish immigrant parents, was born in Galesburg, Illinois. Until he was thirty-six he was virtually unknown to the literary world, but in 1914 a group of his poems appeared in Poetry magazine, and the following year, with the publication of Chicago Poems, he embarked on a literary career that brought him international fame as a poet, novelist, biographer, historian, journalist, and musician.

The author of more than forty books, Sandburg twice won the Pulitzer Prize: for history, with his four-volume Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, and for poetry, with Complete Poems. Among the many literary awards he received were the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal, the Poetry Society of America's gold medal, and the Boston Arts Festival Award.

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An inspiring poet who should be read more than he is.
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Carl Sandburg won the Pulitzer Prize for this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ROGER L. FOREMAN on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A magnificent collections by one of the most diverse and gifted minds in American literary history. As a high school English teacher, I often teach the "dark" Sandburg: "Killers," "Grass," "Iron," and other pessimistic works by Sandburg. This volume takes that pessimism and puts it into a much more realistic context, dealing with World War I, the Great Depression, and an era of American History to which few of us today can relate. Sandburg's poetry is virtually prose in sections, reading very fluidly. It is fascinating to watch his evolution as a writer and as a man throughout the poems he wrote. I rarely sit and just read poetry, but I recommend this volume to my students--and to anyone else reading/listening--for a couple of hours when a novel just doesn't seem right. Some of it is dark, depressing, and mildly disturbing, but he sheds a ray of light often enough to keep one reading. There's something in Sandburg's work for everyone!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
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I started looking into Sandburg for a school project, but then i was hooked. I had to take this book from the library countless times, because i couldnt get enough of it. You are able to see many sides of Sandbug, and are able to get a hold of what his views are. Overall, it is on of the best books of poetry by any author. Those from the Midwest can really appreciate his descriptions of the region.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on September 20, 2005
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Fifty years ago Carl Sandburg's poetry could be found in nearly every library, classroom and (in some form) home in America, but in the hurried twenty-first century, where too much bad poetry has spoiled whole living generations on the art, he is all-but lost to our social consciousness. This poet of freedom (even his poems disobey every respected rule of form) penned verses that celebrated the American spirit as no other writer had since Walt Whitman. If presented with a sampling of his most famous lines, the average American would probably light up and say, "Oh, yeah! Okay, I've heard that one." Reading the collected works of this Midwesterner is full of such moments of re-discovery. All of Sandburg's published books are here, putting his many hundreds of poems on display. His finest work, the controversial, slow-moving, stream of consciousness piece "The People, Yes" alone makes this anthology a gift to modern readers, but many other unexpected gems await to delight, challenge, inform, or taunt with sheer irony. Though some of these poems date back nearly a century, at no time does Sandburg ever sound anything but cutting-edge and post-modern. He is one of the greats for all ages of man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Combs on July 7, 2011
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Hemiingway had indicated that Sandburg should have won the Nobel Prize before him. I agree. Its obvious they fed each other artistically and after reading Steinbeck, another Nobel Laureate, its obvious to see this mans influence as well.

Wonderful literature, a keeper on many levels
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Jennings on April 3, 2009
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This book of Carl Sandburg's poems is a real bargain. I'm delighted at

the price I paid-the book is in wonderful condition-I can read until

my eyes turn red and not have to worry about checking it out of the

library over and over again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BKLVER on January 12, 2012
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Some things learned in high school never seem to leave you. Carl Sandburg's poetry about Chicago is beyond memorable; it's mythic. If only American cities were still teaming with production and the creative energy rendered here so robustly by the poet...

"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 lamps
luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
kill again.
And they tell me 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 city, and I give them back the sneer
and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
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I am a big fan of Sandburg. This is the most complete collection of his works that I have seen. His poetry is so full of strength and hope. Nothing is too frilly but still very beautiful. His poetry always reminds me of the verbal equivalent of a piece of art by Norman Rockwell - true down to the dirt on the skin but so full of awe and respect for his subject. Have a wonderful time reading this collection!
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