"Chicago" Literary Analysis - by Vicki Phillips
The poem “Chicago" illustrates the critical thinking skills that I want to help promote and encourage in my students. As we read some of Sandburg's poetry in class, I realized that the students did not really have the time to absorb or think about the poetry we were studying due to class time restrictions and the amount of material we cover in American Literature over the quarter. I wanted to select one poem to analyze and explore in depth. It was important to select a poem where they could study not only the words, but the meaning behind the words as well.