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The poem "next to of course god america that I" is a satirical poem which indicates the speaker is a patriot but also mocks this passionate love of nation. The deliberate absence of punctuation and capitalization allows the reader to take the direct and decide where and when to pause for effect. It also will help to make the irony of the two contrasting themes which are felt during the poem. What does the speaker really intend with his words? It is interesting that he chooses to capitalize the pronoun 'He' as if putting the speaker in a place of superiority or space. He originally seems to glorify America, although this is also confusing as he contradicts this sense of patriotism with phrases like 'and so on'. His oxymoronic description of the soldiers as 'heroic happy dead' also leaves the reader feeling uncertain. For the most part, the poem focuses on his love for America while expressing his own animosity for war. He reveals his love for America on the next line saying "love you land of the pilgrims''' but instantly after in the same lineup Cummings states "and so forth oh". After the speaker says "and so on oh", he appears to minimize the value of the preceding verse as well as the reader gets a sense of sarcasm and will start to comprehend how the he truly feels about unquestioned American patriotism. He specifically uses those words to reveal he is displeased, not with America itself, but maybe the people that actually run the nation. In the third line the author mimics the initial stanza from the national anthem of the United States of America, "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. This line, however, in Cumming's proposal is cleverly overlooking the term "mild" following "dawn's early". In his subtle way, the.