FC: Carl Sandburg | At A Window
1: -Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878. | -His parents, August and Clara Johnson, had emigrated to America from the north of Sweden.
2: That same year, he lost his brothers, Emil (7) and Freddy (2) to diphtheria. | - The Sandburgs were very poor; Carl left school at the age of thirteen to work odd jobs, from laying bricks to dishwashing, to help support his family.
3: When Carl was 15 he was put in jail for swimming in a public pond with no clothes or swimming trunks. | Worth it!
4: -As a teenager, Carl learned how to play the banjo and took three lessons for 25 cents each, but they cost too much and he had to quit. - When Carl was 18, he visited Chicago for the first time and loved it.
5: - Afterwards, Carl decided to see more of the country as a hobo, traveling, catching rides on trains, and finding odd jobs from the Mississippi River to the Rockies for a year. - At seventeen, he traveled west to Kansas as a hobo
6: He then served eight months in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war. - A young man he met there convinced Sandburg to enroll in Lombard after his return from the war.
7: Sandburg worked his way through school, where he attracted the attention of Professor Philip Green Wright, who not only encouraged Sandburg's writing, but paid for the publication of his first volume of poetry, a pamphlet called Reckless Ecstasy (1904). | Philip "Gettin G's" Wright
8: after college, Sandburg moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as an advertising writer and a newspaper reporter. While there, he met and married Lillian Steichen.
12: Rainbows! | For da kids! | Guitar Hero!
14: Give me hunger, O you gods that sit and give The world its orders. Give me hunger, pain and want, Shut me out with shame and failure From your doors of gold and fame, Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger! "Take from me, rulers of the world, everything of worth I own, and send me from you kingdom. Let me be weak and starving. | >...At A Window...<
15: But leave me a little love, A voice to speak to me in the day end, A hand to touch me in the dark room Breaking the long loneliness. In the dusk of day-shapes Blurring the sunset, One little wandering, western star Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow. Let me go to the window, Watch there the day-shapes of dusk And wait and know the coming Of a little love.
16: But leave me a little love, something to hold me, keep me company in the dark- my own little star. and let me go to the window, to watch in anticipation for my little love to come.
17: Literary Devices - Alliteration: But leave me a little love, A voice to speak to me in the day end, A hand to touch me in the dark room Breaking the long loneliness. Sandburg has carefully crafted his words to create a special effect- achieved figuratively and linguistically throughout a subtle poetic design. -Assonance: Give me hunger, O you gods that sit and give The world its orders. Give me hunger, pain and want, Shut me out with shame and failure From your doors of gold and fame, Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!
18: Sandburg creates an internal rhyme scheme by repeating the A and oo sounds Repetition: He repeatedly uses words like give to emphasize the pleading feel of the poem. Diction: Used here to emphasize the speaker's longing for love, and willingness to forfeit common luxuries for it. Imagery: Sandburg uses this alot to convey just how vivid and real this "love" is.
20: Works Cited eliteskills.com poets.org castle.eiu.edu nps.gov spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk harvardsquarelibrary.org http://marciasmumblings.blogspot.com/ dreamstime.co