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Theme in Yellow

Theme in Yellow


by Carl Sandburg

Analysis: Calling Card

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We know Sandburg likes to write in an informal way that really tries to capture the voice of America. He's not twisting his moustache and throwing around ideas we can't really identify with. So, what we often get are poems that have lots of familiar language and common themes about everyday folks in America.

No, you won't find many palaces or princes in Sandburg's work. Nor are you likely to hear super-weepy kind of stuff that makes you all depressed and forlorn. Sandburg tends to keep things light and upbeat. More than that, he keeps things workaday. In other words, his poems are filled with the stuff of daily American life. Don't believe us? Well then, check out another example!

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