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Andrew Hoellering exeter, devon / United Kingdom, Male, 85
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  • POEM: What Am I After All by Walt Whitman (1/5/2011 4:12:00 AM)

    There is more here than meets the eye. Whitman widens his sense of self to an inclusive identity with the world about him, and it is to this wider affirmation – also he holds open to his readers -that his poems testify.

  • POEM: Look Down, Fair Moon by Walt Whitman (1/5/2011 2:59:00 AM)

    Jane:

    I read Whitman’s intention here as ironic. Nature is indifferent to man’s inhumanity to man, disguising and making bearable even the most dreadful of sights.

  • POEM: Next To Of Course God America I by Edward Estlin Cummings (5/16/2010 12:50:00 PM)

    Comments on the poem are wide of the mark if they fail to recognise the poet’s satirical intention. The two speakers or voices in the poem are those of the politician and the poet or his persona, who reports and comments on the former’s speech.This ingenious combination allows Cummins to juxtapose report with ironic commentary.
    Thus ‘america I love you land of the pligrims’ is the speaker; ‘next of course god (the small g is important) ..‘and so forth’ are the commentator’s. Continuing to play this game of deciding who says what, we can spot words from two famous patriotic songs, one the national anthem. Which are the quotes and which the poet’s critical comments on them?
    The lines ‘thy sons acclaim thy glorious name by gorry/ by jingo by gee by gosh by gum’ reverberate irony, as does ‘these heroic happy dead/who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter.’
    Cummins’ attitude is clear: ‘they did not stop to think they died instead.’
    Clearly the poem is intended to be anti-jingoistic and anti-war, reminiscent of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’ –it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. Andrew Hoellering

    PS –John –What do you mean by ‘assertion line’?

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