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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

As a relatively straight-to-the-point kind of guy, Sandburg had his share of critics that expressed some difficulties getting around the fact that he just doesn't feel the need to create neatly pac...

Speaker

Our speaker is an observer just like us. He's got an active voice that places us right in the front seat as we watch the fog's approach and eventual departure. He speaks in a present tense that mak...

Setting

Since it's quite foggy in these parts, and we know the fog hovers over "harbor and city" we can assume we're in a place that has these kinds of weather patterns. We don't get any specifics as to th...

Sound Check

We know Sandburg isn't all that crazy about rhyme scheme and all the devices that go along with them. Sure you may see a few in some of his poems, but they're not the prevailing elements. However,...

What's Up With the Title?

The poem's title—"Fog"—is just as short and simple as the poem itself. It doesn't waste any time and makes the most of its contribution to the poem. No need to dress it up with fancy words and...

Calling Card

Sandburg paved the way for what we now recognize to be the style of Beat poetry. His simplicity, poignancy, and language of the people made his sort of poetry perfect for the tell-it-like-it-is app...

Tough-o-Meter

It's not just the length of the poem that makes it relatively easy for us to digest. It's also the language and the ease with which the speaker tells the poem. The words aren't too daunting, and si...

Trivia

Sandburg was "distinguished" in five separate fields: poetry, history, biography, fiction, AND music. A little bit of fog isn't stopping this guy. (Source.) Sandburg envisioned Chicago as a city of...

Steaminess Rating

The fog isn't particularly sexy here. In fact, you might be hard pressed to find a poem by Sandburg that is sexy. He's often cited in children's literature, so we're not dealing with racy material.
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