Summary Of Carl Sandburg Grass

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A great Italian poet named Dante Alighieri once said, “Nature is the art of God.” Nature has dominated earth since the very beginning. When all perishes, nature still remains. This is seen in the poem called “Grass” by Carl Sandburg which is a free verse poem that emphasizes war and the immortality of nature. Throughout, the entire poem, the speaker remains unsympathetic towards the deaths caused by humanity because it is a constant cycle. Sandburg uses personification, allusions, and free verse with an emphasis on the imperative tense to express nature as a divine being, covering up the casualties of human intervention. To demonstrate how insignificant humans are when compared to nature, Carl Sandburg used personification in order to make grass the speaker of the poem. In the poem, Grass appears to be a force of intelligence and labor. The speaker states, “I am grass. I cover all” (Sandburg 3). It is important to note that the poem is in first person because it makes the audience aware that they are in the perspective of a being other than themselves. Grass does not have its own thoughts, but the poet gave grass its own voice to demonstrate nature’s perspective on human intervention. The speaker describes itself to be like camouflage. Its job is to make the landscape unidentifiable by covering all the death that happens from the wars caused by humans. The speaker states, “shovel them under and let me work” (Sandburg 2). Grass cannot physically “work,” but the

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