I have had many people read it and some of them have even commented on the patriotism of e Cummings. Posted on 2009-06-07 by a guest. He has authority to speak on patriotism of the United States, because he is a U. Lines 1-4 Quotation marks begin this poem. What kinds of sentiments do they express, what kind of language do they use, and what do they have in common? However, this obvious experimentation is often combined with strict formal structures and traditional subject matter that reveals a strong bias towards romanticism. Cummings personifies the feeling of love and the almost mysterious and uncontrollable supremacy it seems to have over men.
These lines also show that these soldiers were mostly young and inexperienced. His free-verse writing in which he breaks the rules of proper English, corresponds with his beliefs and personality. There is use of enjambment in the first two lines as the first line is grammatically wrong without the second line. People are born, and they die. Every language suggests more than one. S to go to France and work as a volunteer ambulance driver during World War I.
The writings style displays sort of a mocking tone of the patriotism of the United States because while we all rally against a common foe it becomes the minimal population that's doing all fighting. Suggests speaker can't be bothered to be specific and makes us doubt his integrity and patriotism. Jingoism is extreme patriotism, especially with regards aggressive foreign policy. Yeah, the titles messed up it was supposed to be. It is as if he does not know the rest of the words, and does not really care to know them. He cannot finish the songs that he begins, and he clearly does not take the words to heart.
Third, what do they feel about the religious pieces, and what do they have in common with the patriotic pieces? He was a man who valued humanity and hated war. The second line line shows further textual evidence which shows that the patriot loves and is faithful to America. It also shows that the patriot was excited with his speech that he exhausted himself and thirstily drank a glass of water. There is going to be three poems that are going to be a critical analyzed for the literary devices used and the type of poem in the three poems. Finally, ask them to sum up how effective they feel cummings' use of these features is.
Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. These words of the patriot are beautiful for him but for the speaker, this is very sarcastic. The last line of the poem is important in its own way because it brings into light the reality of dissent in the world of blind followers. This is very dismissive and undermines his commitment to his country. His early experiments in poetry whilst still a child were encouraged by liberal parents to whom Cummings remained close, particularly his father, a professor of sociology and political science at Harvard, and a Unitarian minister whose religious beliefs influenced the transcendental strand in Cummings' work. The stirring rhetorical question to finish with sounds good but it's confusing. The poem quotes the national anthem to represent the patriotism he has for his country, yet does not capitalize any line or word in the poem.
Such a speech requires gulps of water, to aid digestion, to swallow all those cliches. There is also a satirical vein in his work which mocks the mores of popular American life, particularly society's belief in scientific rationalism. And drank rapidly a glass of water With the last line of this poem, the speaker reveals the readers that all that he has been saying is not spoken by him but to him. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894. Introduction This lesson focuses on helping students to understand the use of allusion for satirical purposes in modernist poetry, making use of two Dadaist paintings to illustrate cummings' collage technique and satirical style. Furthermore to the poem the element of blind patriotism is as well evident. He had a highly religious upbringing and grew with a middle class family as his father was a professor at Harvard University where Cummings later studied himself.
His father was a professor at Harvard, leading Cummings to attend Harvard from 1911-1915 Poetry for Students vol. He does not believe that patriotism is worth dying for, and his sarcasm in this poem makes that very clear. His lack of respect for those who have lost their lives for the freedom of the country only serves to further cause his readers to consider his point. Odd, isn't it supposed to be like lambs to the slaughter? What reason could there be? Comic Verse I'm troubled, as you can tell by my introduction, about comic verse. Line 13 has five regular beats as the monosyllabic words move on, reflecting the thoughtless action of those who died. In the poem we find out that Olaf bravely defies convention and heroically dies because of his act of rebellion.
At first, the reader faces the scattered letters and punctuation marks with much the same bewilderment as that experienced when first viewing the non-representational cubes and cones of a Cubist painting. This makes the poem fun to teach, but care must be taken not to reinforce the idea, common amongst students, that poems are simply like crossword puzzles that need to be solved, and that the answer is 'out there', usually in the mind of the English teacher, just waiting to be disclosed. Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts E. Its like a play on words because it shows the order of someone can do something heroic and be happy, but then those decisions usally lead to death. Free Online Education from Top Universities Yes! Within this poem, Cummings paints the… 1119 Words 5 Pages Poet Portrait: e. Through my interpretation I saw this work as a member of U. I can infer from this that the speaker is very motivational and has a lot of passion for his country.