Flag analysis

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In the poem, Agard is questionning why people are so patriotic. The flag is a symbol of allegiance  and he is exploring the power it has over people's decisions.

The author's conclusion seems to be that a flag is encouraging 'blind patriotism' which makes people do things they would normally feel is morally wrong.

Structure:

  • 5 three line stanzas of equal shape, the shorter middle line gives an impression of a flag 'fluttering in the breeze'
  • The last two lines sum up Agard's view on patriotism
  • The rhyming pattern changes

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