One of the excellent effects cummings uses in this poem to convey his message can be detected in the final line of the poem. cummings's work often does not utilize full sentences structured in a conventional way. His use of English forces us to reconsider language and its tropes, nowhere less evident than in his consistent spelling of his name without conventional capitalization: e.e. cummings. And yet, in the final line of this poem, we find the only straightforward and clear sentence in the voice of the poet himself, rather than the speaker he is describing: "He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water." Compared to this politician, then, even e.e. cummings seems straightforward and easy to understand.
Meanwhile, the politician's rhetoric is full of catchphrases: "liberty," "land of the pilgrims," "my country 'tis of." And yet, he doesn't seem to be embracing these ideas beyond superficially, phrases such as "so forth" and his insistence upon "these heroic happy dead" betraying the politician's commitment to style rather than sympathy or true understanding. The real state of affairs betrays itself in words like "gorry," rather than "glory." The message of heroism, even jingoism, in death and war emerges as nonsense from politicians' lips. cummings, a pacifist, is saying in this poem that the words of politicians may sound impressive, but ultimately they are saying very little of value and very little that is true, particularly when they celebrate the death of young men in war as an example of "liberty" being achieved.