Sandburg Sings (01:44)
Carl Sandburg sits with an acoustic guitar and sings a song regarding the state of Illinois.
Sandburg's Childhood (02:36)
Carl Sandburg discusses politics and recalls seeing a Republican torchlight parade. He is a six-year-old Republican.
Role if Literacy in Sandburg's Life (02:34)
In Carl Sandburg's book "Always the Young Stranger," he discusses his father's illiteracy and the role it played in their lives. Sandburg shares his views about reading, poets, and poetry.
Sandburg on Education (02:10)
Carl Sandburg respects his college professor, Philip Green Wright. Sandburg tells of his wanderings after college and his time spent in jail. He also discusses influences on poetry.
Sandburg's Poetry (02:06)
Carl Sandburg discusses the definition of poetry. He reads his poems "Phizzog" and "Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz".
Sandburg's Sterner Side (01:52)
Not all of Carl Sandburg's poems are whimsical. He shares his poem "A Couple".
Sandburg's Lincoln Books (03:18)
Carl Sandburg explains his writing process, reflecting on President Abraham Lincoln. Sandburg's rule is that he writes only books he is sure would have interested him earlier in his life.
Sandburg On Politics and Abraham Lincoln (02:10)
Carl Sandburg appreciates Abraham Lincoln's honest approach to writing and his strength of character. Sandburg shows disdain for impulsive speech.
Sandburg On Lincoln's Personality (03:13)
Carl Sandburg reflects on an article written about Abraham Lincoln. He admires Lincoln's understanding of the human spirit.
Sandburg Quotes Lincoln (02:56)
Carl Sandburg discusses Lincoln's attributes that mean the most. He quotes a letter Lincoln wrote to congress in 1862 and a letter to a Louisiana governor.
Sandburg's Appreciation for Words (01:43)
Carl Sandburg admires Lincoln for avoiding words in the Gettysburg Address that can be used for propaganda. Sandburg reflects on the trend of music.
Wrap Up and Credits: A Conversation with Carl Sandburg—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (02:30)
Carl Sandburg sings a song from Lincoln's era and says goodbye in the Nebraskan Prairie style. Credits: A Conversation with Carl Sandburg—From NBC’s Wisdom Series
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