"Chicago" first appeared in Poetry, March 1914, the first of nine poems collectively titled "Chicago Poems." It was republished in 1916 in Sandburg's first mainstream collection of poems, also titled Chicago Poems. (From Wikipedia)
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This five-line stanza that starts the poem addresses ______________.
Which of the following books would most likely take on a similar subject as the poem Chicago?
What do the similes in the highlighted text express about Chicago?
In the highlighted text, what literary device does Sandburg use to give human characteristics to the city of Chicago?
Which of the following statements best describes the ending (last three lines) of the poem?
Indie rock musician Sufjan Stevens immortalized Carl Sandburg on his album "Come on Feel the Illinoise." In the title song to that album, Stevens imagines that the ghost of Sandburg visits him in a dream. Listen to the song in the link below and then write a short paragraph explaining how it relates to the poem.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmJwraC4p5A(The lyrics to the song can be found here: http://www.metrolyrics.com/come-on-feel-the-illinoise-lyrics-stevens-sufjan.html.)
Is this poem a love poem to the city of Chicago? Please explain your answer using examples from the text.
The literary device Sandburg is using when he repeats the phrase "they tell me" is called anaphora. Anaphora is a fancy word that just means a writer is repeating a word or phrase over and over again. You can read more about anaphora below... (This annotation contains a link)
Watch this cinematic interpretation of "Chicago" made by students. (This annotation contains a video)