Army during World War I, and was a volunteer in an ambulance unit as well. And finally, the poem shows the reader that bravery and fearlessness usually lead to stupidity and irrationality. The last line of the poem shows the speaker drinking a glass of water rapidly. Cummings personifies the feeling of love and the almost mysterious and uncontrollable supremacy it seems to have over men. In this poem, we see a speechmaker trying to communicate his feelings regarding patriotism. The words are being merged and can be seen as the speaker just blurting out the poem, which devalues the message of the politician. He was outspoken and willing to go against the grain to stand up for what he believed in, no matter what the cost.
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. The speaker implies that their bravery is more like foolishness. He is concerned with the generations of people who have come and gone. Second, what do they feel about the national anthems? Basically this is a hybrid English and Russian sonnet with a cumming's twist - a single line at the end. Gee - used as a mild expletive or exclamation, as of surprise, enthusiasm, or sympathy.
The poet also plays with syntax, grammar and device to create a single work that is both anarchic and witty. Each person has a different occupation, but each job is important to the bigger picture. Suggests speaker can't be bothered to be specific and makes us doubt his integrity and patriotism. Well that would be wrong! However, volcano is belongs to geography, geomorphology, and volcanology. Also, Ashley discusses the fact that he might be a soldier who was previously in battle and suffers from post-dramatic stress disorder. And drank rapidly a glass of water These words of the patriot are beautiful for him but for the speaker, this is very sarcastic.
I wonder why he only used punctuation in that one line and not the rest of the poem? Next, go to website to find some relevant knowledge. At this stage, draw out the satirical tone and style of the poem. These lines also show that these soldiers were mostly young and inexperienced. Some things to think about include the following: What is the poet's view of patriotism? The 14 regular lines may be meant to deliberately mimic a sonnet layout — the serious form is undermined by the content just as the serious political speech is parodied by the poem's words. The first person speaker now declares love for the land of the pilgrims the Pilgrim Fathers? Hand out or display the two Dada paintings and get students to talk about what they see in the paintings.
Does their reading of the other pieces help them to understand what the cummings is about, and how it is written? Alternatively another interpretation is although this American slang sounds like nonsense here and maybe he's trying to show he can relate to ordinary Americans. Next to of Course God America I by E. What is the initial impact of the poem? Being an ambulance driver, he would have seen the worst atrocities there were to be seen in World War I. The speaker seems unmoved by the serious topic he was addressing. At the end it mentions drinking a glass of water.
The creative structure and style of poetry creates a different form of writing that can either have rhythm, alliteration or have a direct message. Then once he's done, he has to drink water to calm down, explaining the last line. He was the son of Rebecca Haswell Clarke and Edward Cummings Berry, S. 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. Cummings departure from the army in 1918 leads one to believe that the poem is set in post World War I America. Cummings has employed popular clichГ©s of the time in order to foreground his comment on blind patriotism. I feel like he is mocking what partiotic people do and how they rank America next to God.
A concern for the deep rhetoric or persuasive powers that a literary work has, especially the world views and value system of a writer. This way, the speaker himself cannot be accused of being irreverent and disrespectful of the dead. His sentence structure and errors go along with his personality as one to go against the grain and write about his beliefs even when they were not popular. And finally the perspective shifts, from the words of the speaker to someone else who has been listening in, observing, recording. After having read this poem again I think Cummings may have been sarcastic and not very patriotic. Cummings wrote this poem in 1926, 9 years after he was arrested on suspicion of spying.
Also, it talks about war and the innocence of the young, inexperienced soldiers during the battle. Plenary Hand out or display the list of features of modernism and ask students to discuss which of these features the poems and paintings display. I like what Lauren said about the lack of punctuation because of the author's excitement for this topic. In line 8, Cummings switches gears and slows the reader by using iambic tetrameter. The patriot may have a good point but the speaker also implies that at first they are heroic on the eleventh line of the poem but they are foolish to further their effort on war. Thanks to this policy, humanity became more humane, and nowadays, it still works.