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Analysis and comments on a clown's smirk in the skull of a baboon by e.e. cummings

Comment 3 of 3, added on May 18th, 2009 at 10:09 PM.

I dont think this poem is about unrequited love. It is about middle aged
love, the pain of growing old. The poet is out of love with himself and his
life so far. It is similar to Picasso's drawings in old age of himself as a
baboon with a young girl.

jane kelly from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 8th, 2006 at 4:42 PM.

I love this poem. A man stricken by an unttainable love, and is left
feeling empty like the absurd images he describes. He can't let go of his
feelings, because everytime she refuses him he loves her even more. The
last line of each stanza is repeated, but the final line has one slight
alteration. Both of the "i's" are lower case. I think saying that finally
he can't handle it anymore and is now so weakened he is no longer whole.

GiGi
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 17th, 2005 at 2:35 PM.

Implosion, explosion...fission, fusion...being, non-being, e.e. has it all.
What a collection of images!

Don Frenette from Canada

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: a clown's smirk in the skull of a baboon
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