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In 1914 a man named Carl Sandburg born in 1878 wrote the poem entitled Chicago When it was written this became one of the most important poems of the first half of the century Even though the author was not originally from the city of Chicago but from Galesburg Illinois he managed live there long enough to obtain a great sense of pride and honor from being there and to write the poem with its title He uses his poem to explain the feelings he has about the city and its people In Sandburgs poem he is telling about his beloved city of Chicago Even though there were both positive and negative traits that he saw in the city he really shows how very proud of Chicago that he actually was Sandburg recognizes the weaknesses of the city and he knows that others recognize then too He also knows that people tend to see negativity and continue to focus on it without even reaching to good things So in his poem the authors basic intention is to defend the city against its critics He tries to convince people that once you look past everything that is not necessarily the way it should be the city of Chicago has many wonderful things about it There are several ways in which the author tries to accomplish his goal in this poem He first begins by listing a few of the negative traits of the city He uses repetition with the phrase they tell me you are L6 7 8 The they represents the citys critics that always see only negative 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 L7 The author is saying that Chicago is a city of murder and that the murderer is very rarely ever punished for his crime And they tell me you are
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