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Analysis and comments on next to of course god america i... (III) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 20 of 160, added on December 18th, 2006 at 7:59 PM.

I think the whole poem is sarcastic.

First he starts out with "next to of course god america i" The "of course"
suggests that, even though church and state are supposed to be separate,
they are not, and God rules the country.
In the next line he says "land of the pilgriims and so forth". What does
he mean by "and so forth"? Could he be refering to the native americans
and mexican people that were here before us and just kind of got pushed
aside?
The inclusion of the two patriotically famous songs could be a mockery of
our superfluous patriotism, later stating that "we should worry in every
language even deafanddumb thy sons acclaim your glorious name by jing by
gee by gosh by gum".
He then ends it with the extremely sarcastic "beautiful... happy dead who
rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter... then shall the voice of
libert be mute?". I kind of think that the last line has a double meaning.
It could mean that the soldier who fought for liberty are now dead, but I
like to think that it is refering to how they had no say in what they did.
The soldiers were ordered to go and die, but had no choice. They were not
allowed to think for themselves, or decide for themselves if what they were
fighting for was right. Since this was published after World War two, he
could be refering to the conscription (draft).

That's my opinion, but no one can really be right.
I'm only 17 after all, so if you don't accept my interpretation, ignore it.

Chris S. from United States
Comment 19 of 160, added on December 14th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

This poem by e.e. cummings is about a man mocking a politition in a
chauvinistic manor. He is adorting his country and ridiculing it at the
same time.
Allusions to the National Anthom and the other patriotic song about how
great america is. But then "deafanddumb", "mute liberty", "heroic happy
dead." Young, inieve people goig tono a war without knowing the cause or
purpose for it.

Tanya from United States
Comment 18 of 160, added on December 14th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

This poem by e.e. cummings is about a man mocking a politition in a
chauvinistic manor. He is adorting his country and ridiculing it at the
same time.
Allusions to the National Anthom and the other patriotic song about how
great america is. But then "deafanddumb", "mute liberty", "heroic happy
dead." Young, inieve people goig tono a war without knowing the cause or
purpose for it.

Tanya from United States
Comment 17 of 160, added on May 20th, 2006 at 1:10 PM.

I love how this poem uses my country tis of thee, and the star spangled
banner. This poem shows the great respect and love we have for our
country!



Emily
Comment 16 of 160, added on April 20th, 2006 at 11:29 PM.

I like how many people misinterpret this poem. I have had many people read
it and some of them have even commented on the patriotism of e.e. Cummings.
This poem brilliantly combines [at the beginning] a sense of patriotism and
pride but [at the end] shows us how foolish we are for ignoring the down
side of war. Patriotism isn't all it is cracked up to be.

Tangy from United States
Comment 15 of 160, added on April 19th, 2006 at 11:11 AM.

I agree with the politician speech, seeing as though it is in quotes.
There is quite a sarcastic tone to this seeing as though 2 famous American
songs are in here. My country tis of thee......, and the star spangled
banner, he juxtaposes those pride and "our country is great" songs with
the "heroic happy dead"
And the only question i pose, is "the mute voice?" is that the voice of
the dead who fought in the war?

Doug from United States
Comment 14 of 160, added on March 27th, 2006 at 6:28 AM.

I think that this poem is really weird. Sorry but it's kind of (really)
Stupid


Billy from Australia
Comment 13 of 160, added on March 15th, 2006 at 5:29 PM.

This poem at first glabe is a mere poem of patriotism, but it goes much
deeper than that. I like the way cummings breaks the rules of writing, he
is a true modernist writer. He uses irony,and figurative language which is
refreshing compared to various other poems.

-G Par


gpar2008 from Barbados
Comment 12 of 160, added on November 21st, 2005 at 6:54 PM.

Going back to Har Har's comment, any partisan politics are "moronic." Such
generalization makes you seem like a very narrow-minded person. I side
neither with the "left" or "right" because I believe thinking for yourself
involves detaching yourself from either political position (granted there
are more than two). To help clarify, here are the words of the greatest
America poet ever:
"While some on principles baptized
To strict party platforms ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God Bless him." - Bob Dylan

(Ownage)

Chris from United States
Comment 11 of 160, added on November 17th, 2005 at 2:50 PM.

I think all of us understand the poem. the fact that it is a jumbled mix
of patriotic sayings is so evident it need not be expressed. The point is
the meaning behind it. does this mass of patriotism sencerely make up for
the loss of life and the lack disingenuous nature in which it is presented?
We are looking at our current leaders and seeing this mass of jingo being
presented once again. I like to read this poem in conjuction with "Dulce
et decorum est". its a nice match.

Katie

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