"next to of course god america i"

                              "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

                By: E.E. Cummings

    The poem "next to of course god america i" alludes to the patriotism of a nation, namely the United States. It brings up the issues of what's a patriot and what in actually the norm of the average American citizen's response is to war and fighting? 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. Through my interpretation I saw this work as a member of U.S. 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. It's a matter of who can spew the biggest patriotic speech and act as if they care when in fact they'll be doing none of the fighting as in most times of our nation.
    Furthermore to the poem the element of blind patriotism is as well evident. This element of blind patriotism is apparent in "...who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter they did not stop to think they died instead..."(Cummings). Cummings' deliberate direction towards close-minded ideals and questioning is the displayed sentiment seen here. 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. 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.                        
    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. The narrator speaks the truth in the text about the reality of who does the fighting and what becomes of the followers who are sent to fight in causes our own Congress does not seek to follow suit. As the narrator finished speaking we see they immediately take a drink of water and essentially swallow their own words when they realize what they just stated was against the ideal patriot's mindset but something else: truth. 

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