poet - e.e.cummings


While attending NJIT - The New Jersey Institute of Technology's I took a literature course from a FANTASTIC professor, Prof. Rob Friedman

next to of course god america i
"next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn's early my
country 'tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim thy glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"

He spoke.    And drank rapidly a glass of water


As a final project for Lit 453 - American Literature, I did a reading of cummings's next to of course god america i and set some sound-effects in the background.

The text of the poem is above and the audio is here [46.6 secs - 0.98mb] [11,025Hz-16bit-PCM-mono .wav file]
My original introduction is available here [19.9 secs - 213kb] [11,025Hz-8bit-PCM-mono .wav file]

I "lifted" the text of the poem from Daniel Kies's   e.e.cummings web page at The College of DuPage