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This author is probably one of the more intricate and involved poets. This poem is a minor masterpiece of poetic satire, in which the main speaker reveals his stupidity as he talks. Cummings raises the issue that numbskulls who voice such platitudes give patriotism a bad name. The poem satirizes the clichés and banalities of super-patriotism. The alliteration and repetition (especially in lines 7–8) underscore the speaker’s fatuousness. Line 14, spoken by a detached observer, puts the preceding diatribe into perspective and also indicates that this particular “voice of liberty,” now mute, is really a voice that tries to suppress, not liberate, the human spirit.
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