Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
September 24th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 278,943 comments.
Analysis and comments on next to of course god america i... (III) by e.e. cummings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 [36] 37

Comment 16 of 366, 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 366, 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 366, 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 366, 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 366, 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 366, 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
Comment 10 of 366, added on October 27th, 2005 at 6:01 PM.

none of u understand this poem......the poem is a speech of a politician.
it is mocking him because there is no original thought. his words are the
words of other famous song writers and poets.

no name from United States
Comment 9 of 366, added on June 15th, 2005 at 2:26 AM.

Analysing stylistically Cummings`s poems is one of the most challenging
activities for me. I am a linguist and my approach to poetry is primarily
linguistic. I In this poem the apparent morphological deviations play an
important role in the construction of the overall theme.In any structural
unit,such as sentences,clauses or phrases, linguistic items such as verbs,
nouns or adjectives should be written in isolation, separated by spaces in
writing. In the sixth line,Cummings removes the gaps between the words that
constitute the phrase "deaf and dumb" and uses them to form a single word
"deafanddumb". Semantically and morphologically speaking "deafanddumb" can
not be considered as a compound. Running more than one word together as if
they were one violates the rule that stesses the necessity of indicating
the boundaries between words by spacing. Besides,the morphological internal
structure of the adjective "beautiful" is fragmented since it is
interrupted by a hyphen "beaut-iful". Cummings divides it not into its
morphological constituents that is into free morph "beauti" and bound morph
"-ful" but into "beaut" and "iful". Removing the gaps between the words
"deaf","and", and "dumb" reflects thr poet`s eagerness to live in a world
where there is no disparity between what people say and what they
feel.Modern men`s patiotic discourse is hollow, pointless and hypocritical.
The removal of spaces reveals his yearning for real and sincere feelings.
Modern man "rushed" hopefully to benefit from all the advantages that
American modern society provides but he "did not stop" to perceive the
boundaries or the limitation of his hope. The fragmented morphological
structure of the adjective "beautiful" communicates the fragmentation of
the world, in addition to modern man`s shattered soul and hope.
Stylistics can help us understand poetry .

Nadia Benhouidi from Algeria
Comment 8 of 366, added on June 13th, 2005 at 2:52 AM.

Yes, America is no longer America, the land of the pilgrims,the oppressed
and those who yearn to be free.In America patriotism becomes a blind
feeling leading,using Cummings`s odd style,to no significant and worthwhile
where. The American soldiers rush like lions to the roaring slaughter, to
death and still sing "next to of course god america i love you !!!

Nadiabenhouidi from Morocco

Nadia from Morocco
Comment 7 of 366, added on May 12th, 2005 at 4:09 PM.

This is a very compelling poem, and what I find interesting is that most of
the people who have commented here seem to disagree with it. I can't tell
you if I do or not but I can certainly understand where it's coming from.

-Holly

Holly_sama from Canada

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 [36] 37
Share |


Information about next to of course god america i... (III)

Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: next to of course god america i... (III)
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 2100 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 28 2007


Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: next to of course god america i... (III)
By: e.e. cummings

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Country:
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Subject:
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

cummings Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore