Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost's Ability to Connect with Poetry Readers

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We see that these people are proud to live here even though they may live tough lives, and that is the spirit that every American is alleged to have. We are working rigorously to reach our goals and to live life leisurely. This is one of the ways that Sandburg makes a connection with the reader. As many of us are not born into the upper class in society, we are forced to work and to make a life of our own – a life to be proud of.

Sandburg uses situational irony and shows us all of the things that the people would not be proud of. He says, “I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys,” “I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again,” and “On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.” Sandburg is talking about the prostitutes that seduce good country people, and the men like Al Capone who can kill and go free only to do it again, and the families that go hungry everyday because they cannot afford food to put on the table. We would like to think that these things do not exist but the truth is that they do and the “working class” citizens of Chicago knew that. They took all those bad things and brushed them off because no matter what they still had a life to live. This is where Sandburg capitalizes his connection with the reader: everyone knows that if bad things happen around us we can pick ourselves back up and keep going on, and that has happened at one point for every person in
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