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For this essay, you will write a literary analysis by responding to one of the below prompts. The prompts ask for you to synthesize the assigned texts to create an engaging discussion and formulate a...

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For this essay, you will write a literary analysis by responding to one of the below prompts. The prompts ask for you to synthesize the assigned texts to create an engaging discussion and formulate a thesis. Students will form interpretive judgments, think critically, and make claims within the essay by providing close analyses and explications of the texts. They will base their claims on evidence drawn primarily from texts and the literary terms/elements from class lectures.


The poems “next to of course god america i” by E.E. Cummings and “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes both share different expectations of how America should function and what America should be. How are these expectations communicated? For example, the use of allusion and tone shape our understanding of these poems. Explore how these devices impact your reading experience. What are the speakers in the poems critiquing about America

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Deblina answered on Mar 08 2022
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Title: Poetic expectation and analysis
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“next to of course god america i” by E.E. Cummings    3
“Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes    4
Works Cited    6
“next to of course god america i”
Cumings published "next to of course god America i" in 1926 a part of that mainly focused on an anti-war context. The poem satires patriotism of people during World War II. The poem is a loosely structured sonnet that features a speaker satires America and the war. The poet had made several nationalistic comments that feel exaggerated and empty. It is hard to determine whether the speaker is sarcastic or whether the speaker thinks in that manner. But the poem invites the readers to analyze the critical aspect of excessive and unquestioning patriotism. The poet removes himself from the poem and uses a speaker within a speaker and it directly co
esponds with the poet's life experiences (Cummings). The poem expressed the outspoken attitude of the poet and his willingness to go against the war.
The poet has experimented radically with forms, punctuations and discards traditional techniques but emphasizes a highly idiosyncratic aspects of poetic expression in this particular poem. He disintegrates the lines in the middle of the sentences and does not capitalize "god", "america" or "i". The opening verses of the poem reflect the poet’s sarcastic tone towards patriotism. He mentions patriotic songs but does not finish them rather he reveals that he does not take those songs to the heart. The poet has stressed the fact of mortality of...
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