• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Paper 1 Poetry Example

Extracts from this document...


IB English 12 Patriotism Patriotism is something that all citizens of a nation have or lack. Some say that patriotism is poetic in its own essence and it would only make sense for poets to write about this subject. E. E. Cummings inscribed his views of patriotism in a poem. At first glance the poem can be seen as chaotic and confusing. It can be inferred that E. E. Cummings wrote his poem in a particular way in order for his views of patriotism to come to light. His style, tone and diction provide supporting evidence as to what his stance on patriotism is. ...read more.


Cummings writes about that why talk of beauty and then transitions without a pause about these heroic people who rush to die. These heroic people can be seen as soldiers and they rush into a war without thinking, all for the glory that war is "suppose" to bring. The way he uses these elements in the poem all lead up to the tone. The tone of this poem seems sort of detached and almost sarcastic in a way. The way Cummings uses words and phrases such as "...and so forth..." and how he just goes on and on about certain thoughts. He combines simple words such as deaf and dumb to form deafanddumb and it can almost be heard as a sarcastic tone. ...read more.


The military usually involves such schemes to recruit young men for their country for war and Cummings has clearly pointed out his view on this matter. Patriotism can be defined as the love for one's country or the devotion to one's country. Patriotism has been seen to have a poetic nature to it, and often people express their love for their country through various ways. E. E. Cummings in his poem has made clear what his view on patriotism is. It can be assumed that Cummings dislikes the concept of patriotism due to the evidence in his poem. The way Cummings uses his own style, as well as tone and diction all help to create a flow for his poem that will share his view. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. IB English Paper One

    This suggests how Angela's social status and the fact that she is a woman causes certain restrictions to be made upon her, such as an arranged marriage she does not consent to.

  2. World Literature Paper I

    the insignificant cot, not enough food, and the missing comfort of his family. With the absence of the warm comfort of humans, the pain Ivan experiences is loneliness. As Ivan wakes up, "he had felt strange the evening before, feverish, with pains all over his body.

  1. Racism in African-American Poetry | Poetry Anthology Project

    African American dialect to portray a former slave who longs to go back to the plantation he once worked in the South. The irony is evident, but is bitter and distressing. The poet sets to foretell disturbing emotional content. At first glance, this song may seem to be a plain and sad expression of grief.

  2. Symbolism in The Sorrow of War "

    The mute girl symbolizes Kien’s character development and its effect is to create relief in the dénouement. After Kien brakes up with Phuong, he always stays alone and the Mute girl is the first girl he allows to accost him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work