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Carl Sandburg one of Americas most beloved poets was born in 1878 in Galesburg Illinois Born poor to Swedish immigrants Sandburg grew up to live the American dream In 1951 Sandburg won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Complete Poems which is a collection of six volumes of poetry including a New Section of seventy-four poems not previously included He moved to Chicago in 1913 and began to write a series of poems about the Chicago life style His first poem to gain recognition was Chicago which appeared in the magazine Poetry in 1914 Chicago one of Sandburgs most celebrated poems portrays the faults of mid-western metropolis while depicting the everyday urban experience He went on to write many more poems focused on the society of Chicago This group of poems came to be known as Chicago Poems In this section Sandburg uses the techniques of unrhymed free verse and imagism to establish himself as a realist concerned with the energy and brutality of urban industrial life they tell me you are brutalAnd 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 Sandburg pg 3 Through this exert from the poem Chicago Sandburg clearly shows his deep concern for the reputation of the city of Chicago He is able to portray both the positive and negative views of the city thus establishing himself as a realist The realists tried to write truthfully and objectively which Sandburg is able to do in most all of his workFierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action Sandburg pg 3 This image of a dog created by Sandburg to represent Chicago clearly shows his usage of imagism throughout his work This imagism makes the poem even more readable
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