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Carl Sandburg was an American poet born in 1878 in Galesburg IL He was a great poet as his work showed great emotion and feeling People have been enjoying Sandburgs wonderful poetry for some time now He has written over 150 poems in his time and all are considered to be well written Ronsen 32 Carl Sandburg was an average man who became an outstanding poetCarl Sandburg parents were Swedish immigrants who were very hard working His father was a blacksmith helper for the nearby Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Faith 67 The Sandburg family was not rich His mother Clara stayed home and cared for her seven children Sandburg was the second of the oldest child The Sandburg family all lived in a three-room cottage in GalesburgCark Sandburg worked from the time he was a young boy Ronsen 33 Carl attended school through eight grade After his graduation for eight grade in 1891 he spent a decade working a variety of jobs Carl did all kinds of work including delivering milk harvesting ice and even threshing wheat in Kansas Carl was always a hardworking man he worked hard at anything he didCarl Sandburgs experiences in working many jobs and traveling influenced his writing and political views while Sandburg was a hobo he learned a number of folk songs Later he performed at speaking engagements He saw first hand the sharp contrast between rich and poor a dichotomy This installed in a distrust of capitalism Faith 68 While reading Sandburgs poetry many connections to everyday life are apparent Ronsen 39Carl Sandburg was virtually unknown in the literary world until he was 36 years old At first he was known for history and biological work Surprisingly his first Pulitzer Prize was not for poetry but he was recognized for his history It was awarded for his book Abraham Lincoln The War Years in 1940 Erickson 72 His second Pulitzer Prize came in 1951 for a
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