What is the Theme of the Poem Chicago?
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The poem “Chicago” is a tribute to Chicago that highlights the city’s strength and the bond between people and location. The speaker admits all of the criticisms of the city but contends that these critics are unaware of the city’s genuine character. The poem’s opening couplet and last line in particular make the link between people and location clear. Those who reside in “little soft cities” are the ones who only witness the violence and danger in Chicago. Chicago proudly takes the title of “Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads, and Freight Handler to the Nation” in recognition of its people’s gritty, middle-class identity.