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Comment 5 of 145, added on March 9th, 2005 at 9:50 PM.
Cummings shows us the mastery of landuage and yet, withthe mastery, a
certain breaking of the rules that leads into the insight we derive. It is
in this piece especially that we can become clear of the several intents
this poem holds. The surface and later, the inspiration shown in the
deepest bowls of his work become apperant only through revelation and
understanding of the man himself.
Comment 4 of 145, added on February 1st, 2005 at 10:05 PM.
I think this poem is about a love of life and nature. It seems cummings
sees life as a gift from God and death is to leave behind that gift. Yes
it is legal, but its a crime because the world is so beautiful. It is
obvious that cummings doesnt like science very much when he refers to death
(negatively) as "scientific". Death is when you have no pulse or brain
activity. But dying is nature, not science.
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Comment 3 of 145, added on January 12th, 2005 at 12:48 PM.
in this poem ee shows us that dying is different to death. he paints the
image in our minds that death is a legal crime but dying is normal and not
a crime.this is hard to understand but after you have read through it a few
times it becomes clear.
Comment 2 of 145, added on September 21st, 2004 at 1:16 PM.
My dear wife of 42 years, Jean, passed away earlier this month. In a eulogy
written by my brother Edward, he refers to this being my favorite ee
cummings poem. My brother says, "cummings was right. Her spirit merely made
Comment 1 of 145, added on September 19th, 2004 at 9:32 PM.
Notice the difference between the present participle "dying" and the common
noun "Death." ee displays his tolerance for life with the use of the
participle and his distance from life with the
'scientific" Death. The poem takes on a prayer form at the end - a common
ee device where he brings together contrary topics into a magical, yet
logical phrase that does his thematic and rhetorical bidding
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