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Analysis and comments on the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by e.e. cummings

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Comment 9 of 129, added on March 24th, 2006 at 9:49 AM.

This poem represents many countries and the people in the countries. I
believe that it speaks the truth about our society today. We always gossip
and try to out do each other with material items that we own and buy

Laure from France
Comment 8 of 129, added on March 15th, 2006 at 7:57 PM.

This poem is not merely an attack on upper class women in Cambridge but is
a more widespread accusation of all upper class white society in his time.
Cummings shows through several ironical twists that the Cambridge ladies
have lost the broader points of religion and charity. Although they are
supposedly good Protestant women, they do not even consider who their self
proclaimed charitable acts are benefiting but rather take pleasure that it
will increase their social status. This complimented by their profound
interest in social gossip defines the idea that in their social arena,
religion is no longer a faith intensive practice but simply a social
requirement with not many deep obligations. There are many interpretations
and examples in this poem and one should not limit their view to the
Cambridge ladies but should look at white society, aristocratic circles and
the modernization of religion throughout the whole of society.

PJ from United States
Comment 7 of 129, added on December 28th, 2005 at 1:17 PM.

i beleive that cummings was talking about how unappriative the rich can be,
and nothing else. he cares about cambrigde and he can tell that they don't,
they only care about themselves and their needs.

maxwell octavious from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 129, added on December 28th, 2005 at 12:43 PM.

i belevie that cummings was just talking about how unappriative the rich
cambridge people are, nohting but that. How they only care about

maxwell octavious from United States
Comment 5 of 129, added on November 5th, 2005 at 10:03 PM.

It's not an attack on Cambridge ladies, but merely an attempt to describe
an era he was experiencing. Cummings being from Cambridge was showing us
how we all can simply become complacent with our own good deeds and getting
preoccupied with other people's business.

Rose from United States
Comment 4 of 129, added on July 12th, 2005 at 11:13 AM.

anyway that has never stopped e e cummings. This poem is much like "gay is
a captivating cognomen" as it is about the same thing, except that way too
many people didn't understand what he meant by gay.

ConqueringId from United States
Comment 3 of 129, added on June 23rd, 2005 at 1:00 PM.

The imagery of the Cambridge ladies is that of complacent
self-satisfaction, as in the "whited sepulchre" of the New Testament. They
do not examine the furnishings of their souls, but are content to "believe
in Longfellow and Jesus, both dead", and occupy their thoughts with
trivia.

To the extent that we waste our own lives "getting and spending," ignoring
the cosmic issues that surround us, we also live in furnished souls. WE are
the Cambridge ladies.

DrPat from United States
Comment 2 of 129, added on June 12th, 2005 at 3:25 AM.

This poem is a scathing attack on the "Cambridge women"--those well-off,
upper-class women--who have nothing better to do with their lives but sit
around, gossip about other people, and support meaningless causes.
Cummings is angry with these women for not thinking for themselves, and for
not seeing that there's so much more to the world than knitting and
scandal.

Shannon from United States
Comment 1 of 129, added on February 7th, 2005 at 9:24 PM.

This poem is retarded and someone needs to make some sense out of it...its
too hard to understand and if no one else understands it, why the heck did
the man write it?

Josie from United States

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