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Poem: "The Walking Man of Rodin" by Carl Sandburg

A poem inspired by Auguste Rodin's The Walking Man, c. 1900.

Art Institute of Chicago. Transforming Vision: Writers on Art. Art Institute of Chicago, 1994, p. 52.

CARL SANDBURG On Auguste Rodin, The Walking Man, c. 1900 THE WALKING MAN OF RODIN Legs hold a torso away from the earth. And a regular high poem of legs is here. Powers of bone and cord raise a belly and lungs Out of ooze and over the loam where eyes look and ears hear And arms have a chance to hammer and shoot and run motors You make us proud of our legs, old man. And you left off the head here, The skull found always crumbling neighbor of the ankles. (1916)

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