Carl Sandburg's Grass

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How would you feel if you knew you were standing on soil where thousands of bloody bodies were buried underneath? How would you feel thinking about the fact that humans left their carcasses to decompose on the earth, leaving grass and Mother Nature to cover up the mess? This issue is discussed from the grass’s point of view in a poem written at the end of the atrocious Civil War and WWI, where many people were killed. Through the use of imperative tense verbs and the tension between first and third person pronouns, Carl Sandburg displays Grass’s obligatory feeling to cover up the mess created by inferior humans in his poem Grass. The first technique Sandburg employs to show this idea is through the use of verbs in the imperative tense. In general,…show more content…
Throughout the poem, the speaker uses first person pronouns such as “I” and “me,” and third person pronouns such as “them.” Since one pronoun is not used throughout the entire poem, some tension is created between both pronouns/groups of people. The first person pronouns refer to the Grass, whereas the third person pronouns refer to humans and the bodies of soldiers. This difference in pronouns amplifies the fact that the Grass and humans are dissimilar entities and that there is also a difference in superiority between the two. The use of first person pronouns from the point of view of the Grass makes it seem as if the Grass is the one in control, which is what it wants the reader to think. The tension with the third person pronouns makes the humans come across as inferior. If the first person pronouns came from the humans and the third person pronouns came from the Grass, then this feeling would be switched. With the way Sandburg wrote the poem, the Grass takes charge and wants the humans to leave before they make an even bigger mess so it can get cleaned up. The Grass is confident that it can clean up the mess better than the humans will. Ultimately, although grass is not human, it still has the power to clean up all of the messes made by humanity. In the poem Grass, Carl Sandburg portrays the Grass as more superior than humans
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