Sandburg, Carl. "Dust".
The poem opens with an image of dust which was once a rose in a woman's hair. The image is further developed in that the dust was once a woman with a rose in her hair. The conclusion broadens to include anything which once existed and now is turned to dust.
- a brief condensed poem
- free verse, enjambments
- simple, non-figurative language
- resembles Sandburg's poem "Last Answers": in both poems "dust" is the last answer
- a simple yet profound and universal metaphysical idea: the world's beginning was dust and its end will be dust, too
AuthorSandburg, Carl. (1878 - 1967).
Sandburg, Carl. "Dust". The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg: Revised and Expanded Edition. NY: Harcourt, 1970.