Patriotism is something that all citizens of a nation have or lack. Some say that patriotism is poetic in its own essence and it would only make sense for poets to write about this subject. E.
E. Cummings inscribed his views of patriotism in a poem. At first glance the poem can be seen as chaotic and confusing. It can be inferred that E. E.
Cummings wrote his poem in a particular way in order for his views of patriotism to come to light. His style, tone and diction provide supporting evidence as to what his stance on patriotism is.The poem according to the style, tone and diction seems to me that the poet believes that patriotism holds no value for him. The way E. E.
Cummings wrote the poem suggests that the poet has no reason to believe in such nonsense. For example, Cummings writes the poem in quotes and within those quotes there is no room for a breather for the reader. The effects of the no breathers give the reader the sense that the poem is this long, one tracked path that was thrown together with various conflicting ideas. The lack of punctuations and capitalization gives this feeling when the poem is read.The poem has a rigid and confusing flow as one giant sentence. The ideas of the poem are all clustered together and seem to contradict itself.
Cummings writes about that why talk of beauty and then transitions without a pause about these heroic people who rush to die. These heroic people can be seen as soldiers and they rush into a war without thinking, all for the glory that war is “suppose” to bring. The way he uses these elements in the poem all lead up to the tone. The tone of this poem seems sort of detached and almost sarcastic in a way.
The way Cummings uses words and phrases such as “… and so forth..
. ” and how he just goes on and on about certain thoughts. He combines simple words such as deaf and dumb to form deafanddumb and it can almost be heard as a sarcastic tone. The tone correlates with the diction of the poem as well.
The words Cummings uses help his stance on his patriotic stance. His use of the “patriotic” phrases from American history such as the national anthem or the famous song, My Country ‘Tis of Thee all help to support his views on patriotism.These words are suppose to usually ignite a sort of patriotic feeling in people, however, the way Cummings uses these along with his sarcastic tone, the feeling is annulled. The way he uses the wording to describe soldiers and conflicts as well seem to add onto his distaste for patriotism. The soldiers were described as “heroic happy dead” who were rushing in like lions, which usually represent courage and fearlessness. The military usually involves such schemes to recruit young men for their country for war and Cummings has clearly pointed out his view on this matter.
Patriotism can be defined as the love for one’s country or the devotion to one’s country. Patriotism has been seen to have a poetic nature to it, and often people express their love for their country through various ways. E. E. Cummings in his poem has made clear what his view on patriotism is. It can be assumed that Cummings dislikes the concept of patriotism due to the evidence in his poem.
The way Cummings uses his own style, as well as tone and diction all help to create a flow for his poem that will share his view.
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