Ann Vole (annvole) wrote,
Ann Vole
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My assignment:
19. e e cummings' "next to of course god america i" is a poem about conformity and nonconformity. Discuss.
20 "Satire is the literary art of diminishing a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking towards it attitudes of amusement, contempt, indignation or scorn. Its aim is to improve human institutions or humanity."
Discuss this statement in relation to e e cummings "next to of course god america i."
21. Choose your own topic. It must be on the material covered in this assignment.

e e cummings

next to of course god america i


"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 gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water.

notes:
rhyming / theme / rhythm scheme:
                                                   rhyming / theme / rhythm     
next' to of course' god amer'ica i'                  - A             - II
love' you land' of the pil'grims' and so' forth oh'  - B             - I / II
say' can you see' by the dawn's' early my'           - A             - II
country' 'tis of cent'uries come' and go'            - B             - II / I
and are' no more' what of' it we' should wor'ry      - C             - I
in ever'y lang'uage ev'en deaf'anddumb'              - D       - 1   - I
thy sons' acclaim' your glor'ious name' by gor'ry    - C       - 2   - I / II
by jin'go by gee' by gosh' by gum'                   - D             - II / I
why talk' of beaut'y what could' be more beaut'-      - E            - I
iful' than these' hero'ic happ'y dead'               - F             - I
who rushed' like li'ons to' the roar'ing slaught'er    - G     - 2   - I
they did' not stop' to think' they died' instead'    - F             - I
then shall' the voice' of lib'erty' be mute'?"        - E      - 1   - I

He spoke'. And drank' rap'idly a' glass of wat'er.     - G           - I / II



from:
http://tiger.towson.edu/users/nsmith6/whatissatire.htm
we get:
"Satire is the literary art of diminishing or derogating a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking towards it attitudes of amusement, contempt, scorn, and indignation."

http://writingcenter.english.swt.edu/literaryterms.htm
"Satire: the literary art of diminishing or derogating a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking toward it attitudes of amusement, contempt, scorn, or indignation."

http://athena.english.vt.edu/~jmooney/renmats/backgr.htm
"Satire is a work or manner that blends a censorious attitude with humor and wit in an effort to improve human institutions or humanity as a whole."
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