Ragged Old Flag Poem Analysis

“Ragged Old Flag” is a patriotic song that proves that you should not judge a book by its cover. It tells of an old man who shows the narrator that there is more than what meets the eye about the ragged old flag. The old man begins to account different events that the flag participated in throughout history. The ragged old flag managed to stay in good shape even after it “got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville” and it “turned blood red in World War II”. The theme of “Ragged Old Flag” is that although the United States has faced many struggles in the past it is still holding together at its seams ready for what the future will bring. The ragged old flag is portrayed as a symbol of the U.S. , and its demolishing is meant to symbolize the …show more content…
One prominent similarity between the themes of “Ragged Old Flag” and “I Hear America Singing” is America and pride in one's country. “I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag” and “Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs” both convey the unity of Americans through both struggle and celebration. Another comparison that can be made is that both the poem and the song are filled with multiple examples in order to make sure the main idea is effectively expressed. “Ragged Old Flag” shows this by listed countless events that the flag participated in. “I Hear America Singing” also is able to show this by listing different workers and their …show more content…
The theme of “The Ragged Old Flag” is that America remains strong and united through every struggle. The theme of “I Hear America Singing” is that Americans are proudly at work. These themes are similar because they both include pride in America and they both use many examples to get across a point. The themes can be contrasted because of the mood they both set and the use of symbolism. Through both the song and the poem a strong message of patriotism was displayed, each with a different focal point. America is a scarred country full of history and proud workers who support

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