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Comment 18 of 378, 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 378, 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

Comment 16 of 378, 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 378, 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 378, added on March 27th, 2006 at 6:28 AM.

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

Billy from Australia
Comment 13 of 378, 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 378, 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


Chris from United States
Comment 11 of 378, 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.

Comment 10 of 378, 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 378, 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

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