Poems For The People

Poems For The People

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by Carl Sandburg
     
 

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In the winter of 1914, Carl Sandburg, then a reporter at The Day Book in Chicago, submitted several of his poems to Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine. The title poem began: “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...” Monroe at first hesitated to accept the poems because of “their unorthodox form and their range from

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In the winter of 1914, Carl Sandburg, then a reporter at The Day Book in Chicago, submitted several of his poems to Harriet Monroe’s Poetry magazine. The title poem began: “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat...” Monroe at first hesitated to accept the poems because of “their unorthodox form and their range from brutality to misty lyricism.” But she took a deep breath and printed them. In the decade that followed, Sandburg came quickly to national prominence. In Poems for the People, George and Wilene Hendrick, Sandburg’s most accomplished interpreters, have selected seventy-three poems from his early years in Chicago, almost all of them never before in print. Included are poems of social protest, gentle ruminations, and poems about teeming Chicago life. Sandburg may have regarded them as too radical for the time; others may have been set aside and never retrieved. This unearthed treasure, together with the Hendrick’s biographical introduction and commentary on the poems, mark Poems for the People as a major publishing event.

Editorial Reviews

Judith L. Everson
These unfamiliar early poems reveal a vigorous young talent whose artistic technique was as experimental as his social vision was unblinkered.
Ronnie Dugger
One needs this book...to know the real Sandburg.
Betsy Colquitt
Vigorous and original...Sandburg still has much to say to us.
Michael Van Walleghen
An absolutely exhilarating read...a genuine literary event, a virtual rediscovery of an American treasure.
KLIATT
If all you know of Carl Sandburg is "Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat," or perhaps "The fog comes / on little cat feet," you might well be typical but you also need to read this book. Sandburg, a populist poet who had "a wide audience among the masses for whom his poetry was deliberately written," is a conundrum in that he has never been as extensively read as one would suppose given his name recognition. Poems for the People has "attempted... to make a representative selection from

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566634038
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.56(d)

What People are saying about this

Michael Van Walleghen
An absolutely exhilarating read...a genuine literary event, a virtual rediscovery of an American treasure.
Judith L. Everson
These unfamiliar early poems reveal a vigorous young talent whose artistic technique was as experimental as his social vision was unblinkered.
Betsy Colquitt
Vigorous and original...Sandburg still has much to say to us.
Ronnie Dugger
One needs this book...to know the real Sandburg.

Meet the Author

George Hendrick is professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Willene Hendrick is an independent scholar. The Hendricks are closely associated with the Sandburg estate and for years have worked with the large Sandburg collection at the University of Illinois. George Hendrick’s other books include To Reach Eternity: The Letters of James Jones and Sandburg’s More Rootabagas; together the Hendricks have edited Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg.

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Poems for the People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a good collection for the fan of sandburg or the scholar. i wouldn't chose this as your first introduction to sandburg (you'd be much, much better off with the selected poems). the poems are not his best, but they are good for those of us who are already sandburg fans.