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Download The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg - Chicago Poems Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Sandburg Narrator: Robert Bethune Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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This was Carl Sandburg's breakthrough book. It is easy to see how it draws directly on Sandburg's life in Chicago, because it speaks powerfully of the specific character of that city and, indeed, begins with his famous poem that names Chicago as the City of the Broad Shoulders. His poetry is deeply aware of the inner life of the city, from a homeless woman freezing in a doorway to the lifestyles of the rich and powerful. Sandburg, even in his poetry, is in many ways the quintessential newspaperman, constantly present, constantly observing, constantly taking a stand.

So, what are we to make of the poems in this volume that don't fit that model? The poems that operate on a universal level, seemingly independent of location? As you listen to these poems, listen for Sandburg's involvement with the concept of the city as something itself universal, something that seeks the truth of the city as a human institution and human environment beyond the life of one city, Chicago. Sandburg here writes of urban humanity in its essence, not merely the urban life of one city on the shore of Lake Michigan. The city of Chicago, for Sandburg, is all cities; the lake, for him, is the sea, the universal sea.

In these poems, Sandburg truly finds his voice, and brings us the universal city in all its ramifications. Enjoy!

A note to the listener: This book was written in 1916 and uses the common language of that time. That includes a very few instances of words referring to African-Americans and people of Central European ancestry that are today unacceptable. We do well to listen to the way even our great poets once spoke, so that we do not forget that we once spoke that way.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla | 1/3/2011

    " I wasn't too impressed with this little collection of poems. There was very few that I liked, although all were well written. They were either not dismal enough or uninspiring at times. There were maybe two or three that I really liked and that was all. Oh well better luck next time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/8/2010

    " Chicago, hog butcher to the world. City of big shoulders. Awesome poem! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 12/14/2008

    " Carl Sandburg is my favorite poet and this is by far my favorite collection of poems. He gives a hard unforgiving but obviously respectful look into the second city and the midwest. The intensity of life in a great urban sprawl. Great poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 7/10/2008

    " I love you, Carl Sandburg. Like Whitman's Americana glorification, Chicago Poems esteems those blue collars that worked their asses off to forge my favorite city. And you can feel the architecture and the sewer steam. Best read while listening to Sufjan Stevens's Illinoise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/20/2008

    " The fog comes on little cat feet..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 10/29/2007

    " From the author of Lincoln's biography, Chicago Poems are an excellent read. I highly recommend Carl Sandburg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 9/15/2007

    " I love this book. Sandburg captures the city and the people and a time period in a language that is startlingly easy to follow and understand. There is much celebration and study of the worker, the woman, and the immigrant. What is this guy some kind of a commie? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/3/2007

    " Chicago as it was through the eyes of brilliance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 7/27/2007

    " This book is the reason I started off as a poetry major in college. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. In 1952, he was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for History. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career.

About the Narrator

Robert Bethune brings many years of acting, directing, coaching, and teaching in live theater to his work in audiobooks. He is also a writer, translator, musician, photographer and filmmaker, operating from his studio in southeastern Michigan. When he can be pried out of the studio, he and his wife enjoy getting out into the woods and fields with their dogs.