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[next to of course god America I] - By E.E. Cummings.
Transcript of [next to of course god America I] - By E.E. Cummings.
Presented by: Erin Kelly &Ryan Looten "next to of course god America I
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gory
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beauty-
ful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they do not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?
"He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water [next to of course god america i] is a satirical poem in which Cummings mocks the patriotism of Americans. He describes how people are seen as “un-American” if they criticize the ‘American belief’ of superiority. The use of god is the poets way of showing the American belief of being better than everyone, even God. "Next to of course god America I" This poem has a very sarcastic tone which is used to show the speakers opinion on the patriotism of Americans. This sarcastic tone is demonstrated through E. E. Cummings use of similes and allusions, which suggests that the main theme is “blind patriotism” "love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh Americans and patriots love the land of America, and are faithful to it. Without really knowing why, they follow it and are devoted to it. "say can you see by the dawn's early my Part of the Star Spangled Banner, it is missing the word 'light'. The Patriot is unoriginal, and is talking too fast. They are tripping over their own tongue only trying to say the words without grasping their meaning. E.E.Cummings tries to explain that Americans/Patriots can only talk and say words of the Star Spangled Banner, but don't understand what it is saying. We sing, listen, and respect something only born out of habit and American tradition, but not out of understanding. "tis of countries come and go and are no more what of it we should worry in every language even deafanddumb" The Patriot thinks America is diverse. Many ethnicities(countries) come through America, and many leave. Kind of like saying America is a melting pot, but the person didn't fully get his words out. Also saying that we should worry about not hearing everything, and not being inteligent about what we do. But, the patriot foolishly talks too fast and Cummings depicts this through combining the words. "thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gory
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum" Soldiers are thought as wonderful, corageous, and brave for only going to war. Not for going for a good cause or a good reason. America is shaped by the soldiers who went for war and killed other people. Families of the soldiers praise them for killing other people who also had families. We get angry when one of our soldiers die. When our soldiers die from someone else who also had a family to go back home to. We blind ourselves by patriotism, when we don't even fully understand what it is we look up to. We praise the things our soldiers do, but hate the other countries who are only doing the same thing for themselves. "Why talk of beauty what could be more beauty-ful than these heroic happy dead Soldiers going to war is "Beautiful" to the patriot, when actually it's terrible and not good. "who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they do not stop to think they died instead Cummings compares soldiers to lions to symbolize how they rushed to war to only show their bravery, not for the love of their country. They went to war and died, only to seem like they died in honor. "then shall the voice of liberty be mute?" The patriot is voicing liberty, and he is absolutely not mute. All he is doing is making a fool of himself. He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water The patriot is tired of talking, and drank a glass of water. Meaning he was talking so fast he didn't fully grasp what he was saying. The inverted syntax of "drank rapidly"(when it would normally be rapidly drank) is to further explain the idea of confused philosophy, and corruptness. That drank rapidly is almost an unnoticeable difference, but when looked at closely it isn't right. This idea helps go along with the blind patriotism idea. Emotive language such as ‘Beauty’ and ‘Love’ add a dramatic effect to the poem. They also contrast with what the author feels about America given the context that it was written, which was in a time when American soldiers were dying in war. This poem is a sonnet, which consists of 14 lines, with no real sentences structure. This represents how the speaker is ranting about overly patriotic people, and the lack of structure and order in America. It is more a speech than a poem. By: E.E. Cummings