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"Fog" by Carl Sandburg

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg

"Fog" by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg (1916) | Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)

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  • Read the poem aloud.
  • Sandburg said he wrote the poem in the style of haiku:

    Fact is, I had been carrying a pocketful of Japanese Hokus. A hoku is where you have to have exactly 17 syllables. If you have 16, you’re one short; 18, you have one too many. It’s far simpler than a sonnet. Well, I tried a free-going, independent American Hoku.
    The World of Carl Sandburg by Norman Corwin

  • Learn more about haiku.
  • How many syllables does Sandburg use in the poem?
  • How many syllables are in each line of the poem?
  • A metaphor is a comparison between two seemingly unrelated and different things. In the poem, what metaphor is Sandburg using? (Little cat feet as a metaphor for fog.)
  • Copy and illustrate the poem using Drawing & Writing paper.
  • Write a poem of your own using a metaphor to describe something following the same pattern Sandburg did (6 lines following the 3 syllable/4 syllable pattern).
  • Learn more about fog (see resources below).

Additional Resources

How Does Fog Form
Explanation from The Weather Channel.

Make Fog

Interactive at that helps you write a haiku.

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying and illustrating the poem.

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