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05.05 Analyzing 20th Century PoetryBy, Pilar Ortega
“Fog” Carl Sandburg from 1916This short poem by Sandburg is quite small of only about 20 words. I feel that this poem is ﬁlled with beauty and incredible depth. The “fog” in this poem is seen in the way of cat by the use of personiﬁcation because of their similar character traits. For example, they both come quietly and with no previous warning of their arrival as well as unexpected silence. When a cat seemingly soundlessly walks up to a window sill so does the fog as it rolls into the city unexpectedly.
How was this poem inﬂuenced?In the 20th century, it was not easy to correctly or even closely predict the weather to come for that day or for the week. Because people did not have the technology that we have today, they were never able to prepare for what weather was to come. In Sandburg’s poem, “Fog”, he creatively gives the weather, more speciﬁcally fog, a personality. He gives it the personality of a cat. In that time during the 20th century, the
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weather, Carl Sandburg, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening