Sandburg to Brooks to Dybek | Newberry

Sandburg to Brooks to Dybek

Identity, the City, and Nature in Chicago Poetry
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Bill Savage, Northwestern University
Wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

When Americans think about Nature, we tend to sort the world into “wilderness” and “the city.” Nature is beautiful, the city is ugly. Nature is life-enhancing, the city is a moral threat. The built environment is thought to oppose or contradict or ruin the natural world, no matter how many parks and beaches we also build into our cities. But how do Chicago poets see this relationship? We’ll read selected poems by Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Stuart Dybek to explore the relationship between the natural world and the city, and discuss how that dynamic influences the construction of identity for people who live in Chicago.

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