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What was E. E. Cummings purpose of writing "next to of course god america i"?

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An avowed pacifist dedicated to averting war, Cummings' poem is an indictment of blind patriotism that accompanies most war efforts.  In his own life, Cummings experienced the downside of war, being arrested on anti- war views which arose during the time of World War I and the Espionage Act.  He never expressed a hatred towards the Germans, which was "supposed" to be done as the United States entered the war.  The poem speaks out against "jingoistic" conceptions of Patriotic zeal and also articulates the condition of America as a nation that has gained its identity and place in the world at the cost of groups, such as the Native American.  At the same time, the poem seeks to articulate a condition of freedom of thought and expression, an element that might not be as clearly spoken...

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