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Theme in Yellow

Theme in Yellow


by Carl Sandburg

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Theme in Yellow Man and the Natural World Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #1

I SPOT the hills
With yellow balls in autumn. (1-2)

The speaker is doing the "spotting" with himself. So right from the get-go, we see man and nature as one, since people don't usually look like "yellow balls."

Quote #2

And I am called pumpkins. (5)

Man's made a habit of naming the things he sees in nature. So our punch line here is even better, because it's man naming nature as something natural.

Quote #3

I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters (3-4)

Since the pumpkin also happens to be a poet, we get this neat description of nature with all the amped up effects that vivid imagery can offer. So nature is describing itself with the benefits of having a poet's language.

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