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Carl August SandburgArtist and Poet of the 1900s Carl Sandburg a poet of the early 1900s wrote about Chicago war and other witty simple facts of life Born to two poor Swedish immigrants he decided early on this poor lifestyle was unfitting and so he quit school at the age of thirteen to get a job in journalism He was twenty-four when he received his first job as a journalist in Milwaukee This gave him the drive he needed to become a successful poet which better fit his way of life Sandburg grew up in the countryside of Illinois in the small town of Galesburg He was a Lombard College graduate who worked in many fields beyond journalism He served in the Spanish-American War and became a firefighter truck driver barbershop porter house painter movie director and even held a political job as the mayors secretary Because he accomplished all of this and then began to look into his real passion writing he had all of this as his past to influence his poetry His other influence was his childhood He grew up learning to take nothing for granted and shared the little he had with seven other siblings This experience made him write about ordinary people and their everyday lives Carl Sandburg was unknown to the world of literature until a collection of his poems was featured in a poetry magazine Two years later his real breakthrough was made when he published a book called Chicago Poems In these free verse poems he used phrases like Of my city to describe his connection with Chicago He wrote folk songs Abraham Lincolns biography and his autobiography to complete his journalism career When Sandburg was at the brink at his career he felt he needed to slow down This is considered his only setback and was resolved by making better choices to benefit his newly formed family He received the Pulitzer Prize two times once
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