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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:01 PM

Unknown Sandburg poem found in university archive

Source: Associated Press

Posted on Saturday, 01.19.13

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A poem by the late writer Carl Sandburg that appears to have been previously unknown has turned up in the archives of the University of Illinois.

The university says the poem, entitled "A Revolver," was found last week by retired professor Ernie Gullerud as he helped index in Sandburg's archives in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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George Hendrick is an English professor emeritus at Illinois who edited several volumes of Sandburg's poems. He said the poem is authentic and might have been inspired by President Lincoln's assassination.

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Eugene Jan 2013 OP
catnhatnh Jan 2013 #1
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DryRain Jan 2013 #3
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nolabear Jan 2013 #5

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:26 PM

1. Something is very wrong with this...

From the poem:
The poem was typed on a manual typewriter. It begins with four lines on the revolver in question. The last two are: "It delivers unmistakable ultimatums. It is the last word." snip

"George Hendrick is an English professor emeritus at Illinois who edited several volumes of Sandburg's poems. He said the poem is authentic and might have been inspired by President Lincoln's assassination." snip"

Lincoln was killed with a Derringer which Sandburg as a historian would know.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:41 PM

2. I checked the AP feed and sure enough the story is real...

I can only assume the English professor (Hendrick, not Gullerud) is an idiot...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:51 PM

3. I'm not sure I understand the problem with authenticity

 

Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry.


He discarded, or THOUGHT he discarded something that was inaccurate. Somehow someone born to be a poet well after Lincoln was killed is questioned for something he never published?

The type of gun, he found out later, or that day when he wrote this, not what he wrote in poemic style? So the problem is...?

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Response to DryRain (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:41 PM

4. The problem is that as a writer,

he is best known for his biography OF Lincoln and is even better known for his poetry and the aptness of the metaphors in his poems. He knew exactly how and with what Lincoln was Killed. I don't question the poem's existence, just the interpretation of it's meaning.

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Response to catnhatnh (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:56 PM

5. Poetic license. God save me if all my castoffs got published.

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