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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 39 of 389, added on May 12th, 2011 at 3:31 PM.

I believe that this poem is about a person who is reading a messege out to
the public like(george bush) did because he did not write any of his
speechs He has them written for him so i believ it is a big metaphor saying
that they are like ventriloquists told what to say.

But also it could be that the poem is about a person telling a story from
the past about how pilgrims supposedly were the founders of america and he
then realises at the end when he drinks the water that he has to take a
drink to calm down and forget about it

Big bender from United Kingdom
Comment 38 of 389, added on March 10th, 2011 at 9:25 AM.

can someone tell me how to write bout de structure, i canne be assed ta do
it, init

Poetry rape from Chile
Comment 37 of 389, added on March 8th, 2011 at 7:53 AM.


JAMAL from Bolivia
Comment 36 of 389, added on November 18th, 2010 at 6:38 AM.

YOU Smell cos u all sad as hell

bill clintin
Comment 35 of 389, added on May 25th, 2010 at 3:30 PM.
lastt line

in the last line, when cummings says 'he spoke. And drank rapidly a glass
of water' it could actually be him washing his mouth out from the things he
feels he perhaps should not have said

dani from United Kingdom
Comment 34 of 389, added on April 8th, 2010 at 10:06 AM.

lawl Scott

Jack from United States
Comment 33 of 389, added on December 21st, 2009 at 9:05 PM.

@David and all others who believe the poem is unpatriotic.
This poem by e. e. cummings is actually patriotic. he is admonishing the
people who persuade others to support war.

This analysis gives a good idea as to what e. e. cummings may be trying to
say through the poem:

Comment 32 of 389, added on December 4th, 2009 at 12:40 PM.

TO all those who take this as a symbol of patriotism: you are the people
Cummings is ripping the piss out of with this piece.
The speaker is clearly a politician, the platitudes and unfinished anthem
he spouts are not given meaning, importance, or space.
The form is a usurped form of sonnet (which are always love songs) so what
else can he be doing but usurping this political over-done love for
Notice how slaughter is rhymed with the (unfinished) ending couplet? notice
how it changes rythm on that line?
He is pointing out the senseless slaughter carried out in the name of
Sorry patriots, this is clearly NOT for you. (it is however, brilliant-
like most Cummings work.)

James from United Kingdom
Comment 31 of 389, added on June 2nd, 2009 at 5:53 PM.

As previously alluded to this is NOT intended to be a patriotic poem.
Whatsmore Cummings was a pacifist who dislike the meaningless rhetoric of
To take the content at face value is unwise. This is a satirical poem which
looks to expose and devalue the clichés that are used by supporters of war.
If this were not so this poem would be a string of patriotic platitudes and
therefore of arguably little literary merit. In short this is a parody of

David from United Kingdom
Comment 30 of 389, added on May 1st, 2009 at 7:52 PM.

I luv poems! LoL..
Luv you E.E Cummingz

Fantasia L. from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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