How can we analyze Tony Dey Hoagland's poem "America"?
Tony Dey Hoagland's poem "America" describes an America that is "drowning" in a culture of materialism and "bright merchandise." The speaker describes a dream in which his father bled "not blood but money" and then cried, with relief, "Thank god—those Ben Franklins were / Clogging up my heart." The father then complains that the money was keeping him from his "liberty."
This dream represents how America has become poisoned with and infected by its obsession with and worship of wealth. It is clogging up the heart of America, just as it clogs up the heart of the speaker's father...
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