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Comment 14 of 64, 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 64, 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.
from United States
Comment 12 of 64, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 4:43 PM.
it is hard 2 understand!
krissy from Canada
Comment 11 of 64, 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 64, added on September 8th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.
E. E. Cumming has a audio recording read by author. This is wonderful.
from United States
Comment 9 of 64, 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 64, 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?)
Comment 7 of 64, added on May 9th, 2005 at 6:15 PM.
i think ee cummings is trying to justify death and dying in the sense that
in the end of the poem he begins to glorify god for dying. He is setting a
division between death and dying a looking at them from scientifical and
Comment 6 of 64, added on April 13th, 2005 at 11:18 AM.
I Really dont understand the poem and it is weriod. And I Really dont like
Ashliey from United States
Comment 5 of 64, 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.
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