Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Harvest Poems: 1910-1960” as Want to Read:
Harvest Poems: 1910-1960
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Harvest Poems: 1910-1960

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  250 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
A representative selection of poems, culled from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s published verse, plus thirteen poems appearing in book form for the first time. “[Sandburg’s poetry] is independent, honest, direct, lyric, and it endures, clamorous and muted, magical as life itself” (New York Times). Introduction by Mark Van Doren.
Paperback, 125 pages
Published April 11th 1960 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1960)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Harvest Poems, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Harvest Poems

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wax-poetic
Can four dollars buy you happiness?

Yes. Yes, it can.

Four dollars bought me this book, and this book brought me happiness. So, $4.00=Happiness.

And, in case you think I'm a cheap date, I've a list of references that will tell you otherwise.

But, I can't speak of dating another right now, for I only have eyes for Carl Sandburg (and as my husband will remind me later, when he kindly reads my review, "Ahem, and a husband.")

Yes! Yes, a husband, and of course a mad crush on Colin Firth (and all beforeme
G.D. Master
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Academics, poets, and professional writers
With three Pulitzer prizes, two for poetry and one for a biography of Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg is a pillar of American ingenuity. With this novella, or collection of some of his most popular poems, readers get a manageable helping of an intellectual powerhouse. Poems written with attention to structure pounded into twenty-first century college students pour from these pages like life lived to its complete and fullest degree. Sandburg’s poems describe places and people with sharp and discer ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2014
I picked this small collection of Sandburg’s poetry up at one of my favorite thrift shops this fall. Spanning 40 years, Harvest Poems offers a great introduction to his prolific career. I related to many of the poems solely because of the wonderful depictions of the place I call home - the midwest. Sandburg describes so much movement, his words are like the wind…. constantly changing direction yet on a steady path. From man’s creation of skyscrapers being built up, and torn down, to the thinnest ...more
Leah Angstman
I wanted to like this, being from the Midwest myself, and considering how much I love his poem, "Fog." But I am emphatically not a fan. Sandburg repeats words constantly, and not in a meaningful way. I think some of his poems are supposed to be funny, but they don't come off that way (which could just be changing times, but still ... I'm reading it in 2016, and that can't be helped). My biggest problem was that the words were simply not poetic. They were blunt, hard-sounding words, often in just ...more
Tom Romig
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A poet of his time, Sandburg has an outmoded feel, though there are clearly some wonderful sparks in works such as "The People, Yes," "At the Gates of Tombs," "Sayings of Henry Stevens," "A Couple," and others. Check this out:


Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work--
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conduct
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
There was more humor here than I anticipated. I preferred the early and late poems more than the middle, war year ones.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Granted, some of the poems sound like drunken ramblings, but consider this excerpt from "The People, Yes:"
They have yarns/Of a skyscraper so tall they had to put hinges/On the two top stories so to let the moon go by...

Sparks the imagination, no?
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Poetry. A selection of Carl Sandburg's work taken from eight volumes, along with thirteen poems new to this collection, an introduction by Mark Van Doren, and a preface from Sandburg himself.

About ten years ago, I got about thirty pages into this and couldn't get any further. It's just not my kind of poetry. It's basically a WPA mural. Like carrying an enormous hammer through a field of wheat while listening to jazz and working in factory. You can practically taste the locomotives. And the overa
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Gray, my fifth grade teacher had a one-sided love affair with Carl. She made each student memorize a Sandburg poem and recite it infront of the class. I memorized "Under a Harvest Moon" because it was not too long or short and pictured
"Love, with little hands,
comes and touches you
with a thousand memories
and asks you
beautiful unanswerable questions".
That was more metaphor than my ten year old mind had ever grappled with before. I was enchanted with the poet of the prarie from that p
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gift from a loved one for my October birthday, I immediately flipped to my long-time favorite, "Theme in yellow." Then I read it through from beginning to end, rediscovering old treasures and finding new favorites, especially "improved farm land," "nine tentative (first model) definitions of poetry," "phizzog," and "number man." Sandburg marvels at the endurance and ingenuity of Man, ponders poetry, glories in nature, glorifies God, weeps over war, and carries everything along in the musical, ...more
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This slim collection of Sandburg's poetry left me hungry for more. Sandburg's style initially feels lackluster then, upon rereading, the brilliant images jump out at you like a bullfrog shot from a cannon. At times, perhaps, a little too colloquial, over-emphasizing "common wisdom" to a fault. Still, Sandburg was a true American bard in the tradition of Walt Whitman.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In a recreational course on USA - Early 20th Century through literature we've just switched from Kate Chopin to this. None too soon, quite a contrast. I got to read out loud 'Chicago', a poem we all enjoyed greatly.
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My Grandmother gave me this book as a gift at age 10. He has been the reason I write poetry now. His verse uses everyday language to point at topics of War, and Unions and problems of everyday people.
One of my fovorite books of all time
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
No wonder I feel in love with this poet when I was a teenager !
I was afraid to go back and revisit--afraid that it would not be the same. Well, 45 years later I have a rekindled love and now I understand him better.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
holy damn. the best American poet I've had the sincere pleasure of reading? quite possibly. he sure knows how to make a guy feel insignificant in the sweeping cycle of everlasting time. what have you done to my feelings, mr Sandburg? you can't take back what you've done.
Jake Cooper
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Sandburg's romantic grit is unmistakeable -- factories making rivets and men unloading wheat -- his poems are muggy with sweat. I just wish they offered more than nostalgia.

("Chicago" & "Grass" are 5-star poems, btw. Read those.)
Greg Bem
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I felt my mind in regional lingo hallucinating to a corn husk and freight train.
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Can bare fact make the cloth of a shining poem?"

Stephanie "Jedigal"
Jul 31, 2010 marked it as to-read
Matt's sister Bev liked this so much she gave it to him as a gift on two separate occasions over the years.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Poetry is a series of explanations of life, fading off into horizons too swift for explanations."

- Carl Sandburg from Nine Tentative (First Model) Definitions of Poetry
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sandburg is excellent.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Sandburg is another Poetry-God and perhaps my favorite American poet. Woo Hoo!
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
...couple of good poems in here.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Lovely poetry, no wonder he is widely known and appreciated.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Poems that are majestic, haunting, delicate, lovely.
Brandi Denson
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely poems by a brilliant poet
Stephanie Ricker
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I've been feeling inexorably alive lately, and I believe it's because of all the Carl Sandburg I've been reading. It's nigh-impossible not to feel terribly alive when reading Carl Sandburg's poetry.
rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2008
Michelle McSweeney
rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2016
rated it really liked it
Sep 02, 2007
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems
  • Earth Prayers: From Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth
  • Collected Poems
  • You Must Revise Your Life
  • Twelve Moons
  • Selected Poetry
  • A Selection of Poems
  • Collected Poems
  • Starting from San Francisco
  • The First Four Books of Poems
  • Selected Poems of Robert Creeley
  • The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach
  • Creating Poetry
  • Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems
  • Selected Poems
  • Ring of Bone: Collected Poems, 1950-1971
  • Words Under the Words: Selected Poems
  • That Little Something
Carl August Sandburg was an American writer and editor, best known for his poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln. H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg "indubitably an American in every pulse-beat".

For more info see
More about Carl Sandburg...