S to go to France and work as a volunteer ambulance driver during World War I. Get some of them to attempt a reading to the class and get feedback from their discussions. Thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry, by jingo, by gee, by gosh, by gum. Thus making his views on the country and patriotism negative. Basically this is a hybrid English and Russian sonnet with a cumming's twist - a single line at the end. Lines 1-4 Quotation marks begin this poem.
The poem is a criticism of blindly following social conventions, as well as society's intolerance of nonconformists. The use of simile shows the bravery and fearlessness of the soldiers against their enemies in the war. Suggests speaker can't be bothered to be specific and makes us doubt his integrity and patriotism. Hand out or display the two Dada paintings and get students to talk about what they see in the paintings. 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. I maybe agree with Sarah, That he is possibly drunk. What does it tell us? Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes was a member of an abolitionist family.
What makes the link between this and a poem about the pointlessness of war? Maybe his poem is to show people how patriotism is something that runs people's lives and shouldn't anymore. Pause the discussion of the poem and hand out the national anthems sheet and the religious passages sheet. Families of the soldiers praise them for killing other people who also had families. The Patriot is unoriginal, and is talking too fast. These lines also show that these soldiers were mostly young and inexperienced.
Meaning he was talking so fast he didn't fully grasp what he was saying. It's as if they're listing their priorities: 1. The fourth line continues with a cliche. Instead, I will allow e. His free-verse writing in which he breaks the rules of proper English, corresponds with his beliefs and personality. There is little punctuation and there are two voices: a main politician and a third party observer. Suggesting that we put too much glamor on Patriotism.
In my opinion, it is a spontaneous fillibuster of sorts on his part. Overall, this is a rebel sonnet that ridicules the notion of patriotism, as delivered by an anonymous speaker. What do they notice about the use of punctuation and the form or structure of the poem? The speaker tells the reader that the patriot thinks that America is diverse with different languages and cultures present. From the title alone, you can tell there are many disparate elements that e. They did not stop to think. Such dismemberment is analogous to the analysis of surfaces into planes and angles such as are depicted in the Picasso portraits of a profile superimposed on a full face view….
The last line is the only one that is close to standard English, describing the speaker as he finishes talking. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. There is a strong comic element, and irony surfaces now and again; both serve to highlight the seriousness of the subject matter. I may be completely off base here, but I'm wondering if the speaker is drunk. The American Dream is the pursuit of prosperity Today, many people immigrate to the United States of America in search of the American Dream; freedom, equality, and the opportunity to achieve their personal goals in life that they could not otherwise achieve in their homeland. At this stage, draw out the satirical tone and style of the poem.
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. Whitman is expressing that each person is important. Why do they think cummings might have chosen the form of a sonnet? They went to war and died, only to seem like they died in honor. He then goes into patriotic songs, but does not finish them. He is concerned with the generations of people who have come and gone.
So i get the impression that this is a politician speaking. We should worry in every language, even deaf and dumb. Through my interpretation I saw this work as a member of U. Does this change or confirm the students' view of the poem? Hughes attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, but began writing poetry in the eighth grade, and was selected as class poet. And His name is God. I still believe that e. Odd, isn't it supposed to be like lambs to the slaughter? I think the non-punctuated form is supposed to show his thoughts rushing together so quickly that it all just blends together; he just feels that strongly about the topic.
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. Procrastinating has really bitten me. Finally, play the recording of another cummings poem, 'anyone lived in a pretty how town', and show students the poem. I perceived it first as an enthusiastic patriot, like the majority of the first posts. At that point, it does not seem to matter. His grammar is catastrophic on all levels.
Point out to students that the first 13 lines of the poem are in fact a speech, whilst the 14th line is narration. Forget anything about saying what it looks like — which many teachers seem to rely on when talking about form and structure — and think of two things: 1. So we have 8 syllables in most lines except the last in the verse. He asks us to question traditions, and to understand them for their true intent. He seems to be given a political speech criticizing those who launches war that is unnecessary for the country. This not only allows the line to end with a rising beaut- but ties up the full rhyme later on with mute in line 13. This is the one thing that the speaker takes seriously, the mortality of himself and all other human beings.