The City

This week students read and analyzed Carl Sandburg’s iconic poem “Chicago”. We discussed the literary structure of the poem focusing on stanza, line, and lyric. Students then had to write a 3x3x3 (at least 3 stanzas with 3 lines and at least 3 lyrics in each line). Their muse- Chicago.

Each week there will be 3 poems from each class published to our Hands on Stanzas blog, and every student will have an opportunity to see their written work published on our blog in the weeks to come.
Scroll down to enjoy this week’s published poems!

Ms. Tamru
7th Grade

Torrean S-D
The music is loud
The music is moving

I feel inspired
I feel relaxed
I feel the glory down my back

The music is over
The music was fun

The city is a good place
but sometimes it can be unexpected.
The city has lots of things to do.
It’s the right place to be.

Talia D.
Chicago is built up
with sirens. Chicago
is built up with violence

Chicago has
hatred. Chicago
is mischievous

There’s a lot of
things I dislike,
but Chicago
is my city
that I like

Chicago has
good jobs. Chicago
has good schools

That’s why Chicago
is my city.

6th Grade

Ariyannah G.
Dusty and Crusty
Snowy and Watery
Dark and Scary

Uncomfortable, unknown, unconscious

Your reflections towards me
Is the way I feel towards you
So together we shall part ways

Argel R.
Windy City the seeker of storms
I can see all in the fog
the big buildings and roads

The way I see the pets in the snow
they’re happy eyes towards the people
Much violence in the homes

Here it is with it’s bright colors.
towards nature it lives proudly
this is Chicago

Jeremiah M.
Old but new
Sad only for a few
Then happy with the crew

Hate with love
But happy like a dove
You are always with the man above

Chicago, Chicago how I love you
Even when you act petty
you are my city



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.