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Cornhuskers - The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg-logo

Cornhuskers - The Early Poetry of Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg fixed his eyes on the people of his time and place. He ignored or scorned the wealthy, the comfortable, the complacent, the powerful and those who serve them; he had no time for the ruling class. His eyes were open to the immigrant, the laborer, the hobo, the farmer, the man who works with his hands, the woman who runs a family, or the soldier who goes to war for them. Not for him the Man of the Masses from a left-wing poster, ruddy and muscular; he knew the reality of the laborer - the bad food, the burden of disease, the crushed mind. He saw his people and he saw them plain. He saw them against the background of war. World War I was taking the sons of his people and sending them across an ocean to fight - for what? He ends his book with a vivid vision of the Four Brothers - America, England, France and Russia - marching heroically against the Kaiser, but he gets there only after unflinchingly fixing his eyes upon the horrors of war, the trench running with blood, the mutilated soldier gasping for water. He saw them against an economy that pitted the have-nots against the haves, a government rife with corruption, a society built to look the other way. Most of all, he saw them part of a world that is fundamentally a world of beauty, a world that could have humanity as part of that beauty, if only humankind could find its way back to its own nature. Enjoy his unique voice, his special vision, his gift for the natural language of his time and place, and his skill with that language. (A note to the listener: this book was written in 1918 and uses the common language of that time. That includes frequent instances of the use 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.)

Carl Sandburg fixed his eyes on the people of his time and place. He ignored or scorned the wealthy, the comfortable, the complacent, the powerful and those who serve them; he had no time for the ruling class. His eyes were open to the immigrant, the laborer, the hobo, the farmer, the man who works with his hands, the woman who runs a family, or the soldier who goes to war for them. Not for him the Man of the Masses from a left-wing poster, ruddy and muscular; he knew the reality of the laborer - the bad food, the burden of disease, the crushed mind. He saw his people and he saw them plain. He saw them against the background of war. World War I was taking the sons of his people and sending them across an ocean to fight - for what? He ends his book with a vivid vision of the Four Brothers - America, England, France and Russia - marching heroically against the Kaiser, but he gets there only after unflinchingly fixing his eyes upon the horrors of war, the trench running with blood, the mutilated soldier gasping for water. He saw them against an economy that pitted the have-nots against the haves, a government rife with corruption, a society built to look the other way. Most of all, he saw them part of a world that is fundamentally a world of beauty, a world that could have humanity as part of that beauty, if only humankind could find its way back to its own nature. Enjoy his unique voice, his special vision, his gift for the natural language of his time and place, and his skill with that language. (A note to the listener: this book was written in 1918 and uses the common language of that time. That includes frequent instances of the use 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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Carl Sandburg fixed his eyes on the people of his time and place. He ignored or scorned the wealthy, the comfortable, the complacent, the powerful and those who serve them; he had no time for the ruling class. His eyes were open to the immigrant, the laborer, the hobo, the farmer, the man who works with his hands, the woman who runs a family, or the soldier who goes to war for them. Not for him the Man of the Masses from a left-wing poster, ruddy and muscular; he knew the reality of the laborer - the bad food, the burden of disease, the crushed mind. He saw his people and he saw them plain. He saw them against the background of war. World War I was taking the sons of his people and sending them across an ocean to fight - for what? He ends his book with a vivid vision of the Four Brothers - America, England, France and Russia - marching heroically against the Kaiser, but he gets there only after unflinchingly fixing his eyes upon the horrors of war, the trench running with blood, the mutilated soldier gasping for water. He saw them against an economy that pitted the have-nots against the haves, a government rife with corruption, a society built to look the other way. Most of all, he saw them part of a world that is fundamentally a world of beauty, a world that could have humanity as part of that beauty, if only humankind could find its way back to its own nature. Enjoy his unique voice, his special vision, his gift for the natural language of his time and place, and his skill with that language. (A note to the listener: this book was written in 1918 and uses the common language of that time. That includes frequent instances of the use 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.)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

2h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

00:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

01:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

00:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

01:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

00:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:37


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:02


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:28


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:48


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

01:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

01:37


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

10:20


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

00:54