See Article History Chicago literary renaissance, the flourishing of literary activity in Chicago during the period from approximately to The leading writers of this renaissance— Theodore DreiserSherwood AndersonEdgar Lee Mastersand Carl Sandburg —realistically depicted the contemporary urban environmentdecrying the loss of traditional rural values in the increasingly industrialized and materialistic American society and the failure of the romantic promise that hard work would automatically bring material and spiritual rewards. Most of these writers were originally from small Middle Western towns and were deeply affected by the Regionalism of the s that foreshadowed the Realism of 20th-century literature. The renaissance also encompassed the revitalization of journalism as a literary medium; writers such as Floyd Dell, Anderson, Dreiser, and Sandburg all were associated at one time with Chicago newspapers.
After encountering several August Johnsons in his job for the railroad, the Sandburg's father renamed the family. 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. At seventeen, he traveled west to Kansas as a hobo.
He then served eight months in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American war. While serving, Sandburg met a student at Lombard College, the small school located in Sandburg's hometown.
The young man convinced Sandburg to enroll in Lombard after his return from the war. 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 While Sandburg attended Lombard for four years, he never received a diploma he would later receive honorary degrees from Lombard, Knox College, and Northwestern University.
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 whom he called Paulasister of the photographer Edward Steichen.
A Socialist sympathizer at that point in his life, Sandburg then worked for the Social-Democrat Party in Wisconsin and later acted as secretary to the first Socialist mayor of Milwaukee from to Harriet Monroe had just started Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, and began publishing Sandburg's poems, encouraging him to continue writing in the free-verse, Whitman-like style he had cultivated in college.
Monroe liked the poems' homely speech, which distinguished Sandburg from his predecessors. He established his reputation with Chicago Poemsand then Cornhuskersfor which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Soon after the publication of these volumes Sandburg wrote Smoke and Steelhis first prolonged attempt to find beauty in modern industrialism.
With these three volumes, Sandburg became known for his free verse poems that portrayed industrial America. In the twenties, he started some of his most ambitious projects, including his study of Abraham Lincoln. From childhood, Sandburg loved and admired the legacy of President Lincoln.
For thirty years he sought out and collected material, and gradually began the writing of the six-volume definitive biography of the former president. These later volumes contained pieces collected from brief tours across America which Sandburg took each year, playing his banjo or guitar, singing folk-songs, and reciting poems.
The War Yearsfor which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He received a second Pulitzer Prize for his Complete Poems in His final volumes of verse were Harvest Poems, and Honey and Salt Carl Sandburg died on July 22, John the Divine in New York in How to Analyze Poetry Bookmark Why does Edgar Lee Masters reprise epitaphs for Spoon River Anthology?
An American haiku, "Fog" by Carl Sandburg invites readers to relate their personal experiences with fog and cats. difficult math problems.
Start Quiz. The lineup is such that heavy hitters like E.E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Carl Sandburg, and William Carlos Williams appear alongside such lesser knowns as Robert P. Tristram Coffin, John Fandel, Judson Jerome, Phyllis McGinley, and Rosalie Moore.
Like I said, Carl Sandburg lived through some of the most famous historic events in the United States of all time.
He had seen events like World War I, the roaring s, the Depression, World War II, the New Deal, and the Cold War. The anthology of American poetry needs more poets with his kind of experience. Poetry Explication and Presentation Assignment. Preparing for the Assignment.
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I’ve included a partial list of American poets below. Sandburg earned Pulitzer Prizes for his collection The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Corn Huskers, and for his biography of Abraham Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln: The War Years). He recorded excerpts from the biography and some of Lincoln's speeches for Caedmon Records in New York City in May Poets Bijoy Kumar Dubey (with Carl Sandburg), and!
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