Can somebody help me with the meaning of this E.E. Cummings Poem...?

take it from me kiddo

believe me

my country, 'tis of

you, land of the Cluett

Shirt Boston Garter and Spearmint

Girl With The Wrigley Eyes (of you

land of the Arrow Ide

and Earl &


Collars) of you i

sing:land of Abraham Lincoln and Lydia E. Pinkham,

land above all of Just Add Hot Water And Serve--

from every B. V. D.

let freedom ring

amen. i do however protest, anent the un

-spontaneous and otherwise scented merde which

greets one (Everywhere Why) as divine poesy per

that and this radically defunct periodical. i would

suggest that certain ideas gestures

rhymes, like Gillette Razor Blades

having been used and reused

to the mystical moment of dullness emphatically are

Not To Be Resharpened. (Case in point

if we are to believe these gently O sweetly

melancholy trillers amid the thrillers

these crepuscular violinists among my and your

skyscrapers-- Helen & Cleopatra were Just Too Lovely,

The Snail's On The Thorn enter Morn and God's


2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    He is expressing a good deal of cynicism over the advertising and name-brands of the day, commercialism, and the urbanization of the United States. BVD underwear, Gillette Razor's kind of how people talk about Walmart now, like they are just this big corporation closing down all of the little mom and pop stores. I guess he liked just a straight sharp blade to shave with, and thought that razor blades, and other "modern" conveniences were tearing down what made America beautiful.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To make a long story short,He's trying to show you commercials, gum, razors, underwear,spearmint, hard to understand, but takke the words. =)

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