The poem by Carl Sandburg is "The Harbor." The question is below. Can someone please help me?
Explain the contrasting ideas presented in the poem. What idea is being presented in lines 1-6? What idea is being presented in lines 6-13? By placing these contrasting ideas together, what message might the poet be trying to leave with the reader?
The speaker steps out of the oppressive city in line six and looks out onto the harbor of Lake Michigan. The description is now one of beauty, freedom, and hope. Everything seems fresh in lines 7-13: The lake is a "blue burst", waves "break" under sun, gulls "flutter", there are "white underbellies...veering and wheeling free in the open." The fresh, clean images all evoke hope.