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Analysis and comments on dying is fine)but Death by e.e. cummings

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Comment 17 of 127, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:22 PM.

dying is fine but death o baby.

possibly the best line ever.

Bonnie from Australia
Comment 16 of 127, added on February 6th, 2006 at 6:29 PM.

Cummings is discussing dying as a movement and a leaving of things, moment
by moment by living people. Things you do when you are "not there" - like
when you're having fun but not thinking about it. Dying to disappointing
and hurtful things, but with no "death" to it. Death closes doors. Dying
opens them.

David from United States
Comment 15 of 127, added on February 1st, 2006 at 6:28 PM.

this poem is trying to say something about dying thats about all i got out
of it!

randy from United States
Comment 14 of 127, added on December 8th, 2005 at 8:03 AM.

It seems to me that Cummings is separating dying and death throught the
Christian conception of life after dying through Jesus. I think that when
he speaks of dying he is talking of the physical process we go through
before the body dies. But, his conception of death seems to be the death
of the spirit, or when we turn away from God, which is only final after the
process of dying.

Jessie from United States
Comment 13 of 127, added on December 1st, 2005 at 2:30 PM.

I don't believe e.e. is trying to say how dying is superior to death. I
believe the poem is half-ironic, and half-introspective. We fear our
mortality, but we praise the process as noble. I think e.e. is reflecting
on his own dilemma in this subject. How to deal with opposing views on
dying and death. he is not telling, he is asking, or more likely pondering.


Timothy Barr from United States
Comment 12 of 127, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 4:43 PM.

it is hard 2 understand!

krissy from Canada
Comment 11 of 127, added on October 27th, 2005 at 7:59 AM.

i love this poem b/c he's so right! death and dying are perceived
completely different - or at least should be, is what i assume he's saying.
death is usally viewed very negatively, but dying, its a natural process we
all go through, its still a part of life. but death is final, and i think
the God reference reference has a lot to do w/ that comment, b/c Jesus
(being interchangable w/ God) rose from the dead (death) - e.e. praises him
for dying, not for his death.

bethany from United States
Comment 10 of 127, added on September 8th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

E. E. Cumming has a audio recording read by author. This is wonderful.

bev gardner from United States
Comment 9 of 127, added on June 27th, 2005 at 12:30 PM.

i really like the poem. it gets me to think about this matter

rokhoon from Canada
Comment 8 of 127, added on May 25th, 2005 at 12:30 AM.

live--don't just exist. As long as you are breathing you have hope and at
the point that you die you also have hope because of Jesus' death. Also
from the moment of birth we are all dying (ironic isn't it?)

Tutor girl

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