People, Yes, The

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Carl Sandburg (1878—1967)


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Free-verse poem by Sandburg, published in 1936.

The authentic American rhythms and idioms of the verse embody native legends, folk tales, proverbs, and slang, and employ the daily speech of the people to show their many-sided observations and experiences, their amusements and sufferings, and the values inherent in their lives. Capitalism's tyranny and social injustices are indicated, and a hope for revolution appears in many passages. In substance, the poem is an affirmation of faith in the enduring though blundering progress of the common American people toward justice and a free society.

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