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E.E. Cummings poem "next to of course god America I" could be translated, on the surface, as a primitive criticism of patriotism in general. However, he is not just criticizing patriotism, however, criticizing blind patriotism and abusing blind patriotism to further an agenda. The poem itself is a reflection of the scenic American life portrayed in snap shots of all patriotic tunes and colloquialisms which are indicative to American life. These snap shots help emphasize how excessive patriotism begins and how it can be overwhelming. The poem begins almost as a preface to the true message which Cummings is trying to say. The first four lines, in a feeling, is Cummings trying to be certain that the reader understands that he loves America. He wants the readers to recognize that this poem is not to be misinterpreted as unpatriotic or un-American. Cummings makes an extremely bold and strong statement in the very first line placing America as, aside from God, his primary love. By going to these lengths, it can be assumed that what Cummings is going to say next could have the reader call to question his devotion...