A great portion of his life was also dedicated to his Harvard education… 1201 Words 5 Pages Edward Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. He uses alliteration again in lines 9 when saying heroic happy dead. The poem ends with a line that contains punctuation. The last line is the only one that is close to standard English, describing the speaker as he finishes talking. He is concerned with the many people who have died for the sake of patriotism. Even if they can't make sense of the words, do they seem to have a general theme or tone? Instead, this is what I think is happening in this poem. This fact gives the author even more authority to write about U.
This shows that the speech was very fast paced as it ends with a full stop. Congress who act as if they are the biggest patriot who ever lived in this country, although they can talk the talk they will surely not walk the walk of the paths of war. Perhaps liberty should be next in line to god and america and i, for who is to shout up for those heroic happy dead? The first 13 lines are all within speech marks — the words are fragments of full sentences with very little punctuation, making the phrases sound confusing and meaningless. But he liked to weave in satirical elements to his poem that contradicted the messages of other poems. Play the Poetry Archive recording of cummings reading the poem.
Cummings was a Pacifist during World War One, so he became a member of the ambulance corps. These lines also show that these soldiers were mostly young and inexperienced. Sense is disjointed, which reflects the emotional confusion, or suggests that what this speaker is saying is nonsense. An example is the narrator says the idea of dying for your country is beautiful, which is very contradicting and gives it a sarcastic tone. The speaker seems unmoved by the serious topic he was addressing. 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. So attention needs to be drawn to the aesthetic impact of the poem and the role that its tone, its style, its form have to play in that.
Note also the reference to war in the line containing these heroic happy dead - Cummings, as a pacifist, said 'no artist surely is a mankiller' and in the poem goes on to question the nature of their deaths. People are born, and they die. Gum - used in the mild oath by gum! Why did cummings choose to invert this line? Being raised in a well-educated, literary family; Cummings had a strong background to… 688 Words 3 Pages E. We're able to view individuals who against all common thought are prone to being manipulated and brought on the bandwagon to ship off to war without knowing what they're fighting for. However, his decision to repeat what he has been told reveals that the ideas resonate with him.
Later on in life Cummings became interested in modern types of poetry, and his poems became very iconic as he focused on very traditional values such as God, love and patriotism. He loved to mock convention and in next to of course god america i reveals his distaste for those who blindly spout out political or patriotic rhetoric, especially at election time. Second, what do they feel about the national anthems? Does this change or confirm the students' view of the poem? It is a very American sentiment and one that the British tend not to have. A true man of the arts, he also enjoyed playwrights, painting, and drawing. . Once again, we see his skill and mastery at manipulating the English language in order to foreground a thought and turn it into a commentary on society.
Comic verse gets bad press because rigid notions of comedy foreground throwaway poems. I can infer from this that the speaker is very motivational and has a lot of passion for his country. Cummings uses familiar expressions to show that the speaker is not speaking from the heart but taking worn-out phrases from other people. The poem is all about nationalism but also it tells the reader that it is not always wise to be patriotic or heroic and that it is sometimes irrational. Cummings personifies the feeling of love and the almost mysterious and uncontrollable supremacy it seems to have over men.
Furthermore to the poem the element of blind patriotism is as well evident. I think it could be interpreted as relating to gory, meaning bloody or violent. Cummings began was an early developer and learner and began writing around the age of 10 1. This lines pertains to the soldiers being sent to war. It makes the rest of the poem sound even more empty and meaningless.
Ask students to discuss the form and structure of the poem: do they notice that it is a sonnet? The lines, without punctuation, continue at a frantic pace; fragments of well known songs combine with cliche and personal opinion as the speaker gushes forth his platitudes. Language variation and the area of domain, subject matter and function, are the easiest kinds of variation to see within a text. For example, the first line is a repetition of the title, in that the words are the same, but in context, they seem out of order in a normal sentence. Line 8 is a regular beat iambic tetrameter which is an echo of soldiers marching past and is read as such by the poet on the accompanying video : by jingo by gee by gosh by gum Jingo, in this context, derives from a song that was sung in British pubs when Britain was at war with Russia in the 1870s. It is known that he was even arrested on the suspicion of espionage because he was not expressing views that where of German hatred.
However, during the middle of the poem Cummings changes the style in his poem and the narrator begins to sound sarcastic by contradicting what he is saying. This is the point the speaker intends to make when he juxtaposes the lines from patriotic songs with the thought of centuries coming and going. You should compare this poem with other poems about the same themes: causes of conflict: 'Hawk Roosting', 'The Yellow Palm', 'The Right Word'; patriotism: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Flag'. Cumming, who wrote nearly 2900 poems, had a rather hard life. These groups signify the living of life in unfulfilled manner, even though they are alive in contrast to the fulfillment in anyone and noone's lives.
Can you remember learning to ride a bicycle? The second line line shows further textual evidence which shows that the patriot loves and is faithful to America. Either way, the use of the only simile in the poem is powerful enough. This delusion is exactly what it comes down to when one becomes a blind follower of a cause or nation that seeks help for the most ridiculous causes: war. Next to of Course God America I by E. This connotes that the speaker thinks that the patriot is entirely unoriginal.