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3. Utopian Promise   

10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Carl Sandburg - Selected Archive Items

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[4501] Anonymous, Chicago, Looking North from State and Washington Streets (1930),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Some of Carl Sandburg's best-known poems are about his home city, Chicago. Sandburg was at the vanguard of a literary movement that sought to bring poetry to the working class.

[4848] Jack Delano, Blue Island, Illinois. Switching a Train with Diesel Switch Engine on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad (1943),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USW3-026606-E DLC].
The Chicago and Rock Island Rail Road Company was an important line that began operation in 1848. The 1930s saw the rise of a much lighter diesel engine that brought great innovations in both freight trains and stream-lined "lightweight" passenger trains. Trains would come to symbolize both the hopefulness of modernism and the horrors of World War II.

[6551] Kenyon Cox, Columbia & Cuba--Magazine Cover--Nude Study (1898),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-68463].
An allegorical cover of an 1898 magazine, exemplifying the openness toward the human body of the late-nineteenth-century realists. The names of the women, "Columbia" and "Cuba," refer to the imagined relationship of the nations during the Spanish American War.

[7110] H. C. White Co., Making Link Sausages--Machines Stuff 10 Ft. per Second (c. 1905),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-50217].
Photograph of Swift and Company's Chicago packing house. Mechanization and urbanization encouraged some writers' nostalgia for the United States's agricultural past.

[8000] Al Ravenna, Carl Sandburg, Head-and-Shoulders Portrait, Facing Left (1955),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-115064].
Like William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg was deeply influenced by Walt Whitman. He shared Whitman's love of common things and his devotion to Abraham Lincoln and American themes.

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