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Term Paper In his work Carl Sandburg gave voice to least powerful people He was a central figure in the Chicago Renaissance and he played a significant role in the development in poetry that took place during the first two decades of the 20th century His emphasis on the tradition of American experience associate him with Hart Crane and Robinson Jeffers these people of the air these children of the wind had a sense of where to go and how how to go north north-by-west north till they came to one wooden pole till they were home again From The People Yes 1936 The People Yes 1936 is probably Sandburgs most popular single book From his very volumes Sandburg was interested in the speech of Midwesterners spoken by the working class of the industrial cities In The People Yes his interest in folk speech and folk expression became a clear feature of his poetry It also gave evidence of the authors epigrammatic skill and felicitous phasing Because Sandburgs writings celebrated the American spirit he was often called the successor to Walt Whitman A lot of Sandburgs poems are in a Midwest setting and use some typical Midwest slang terminology Even when the poem is not set in the Midwest there sometimes is a reference to something from the Midwest Here in Omaha The gloaming is bitter As in Chicago Or Kenosha The long sand changes To-day is a goner Time knocks in another brass nail Another yellow plunger shoots the dark Constellations Wheeling over Omaha As in Chicago Or Kenosha From Sunset From Omaha Hotel Window 1918 In the poem above it shows that Sandburg is relating things in Omaha to two cities from the Midwest This is a great example of how Sandburg likes to tie his poems in with the Midwest In the
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