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Analysis and comments on "Gay" is the captivating cognomen by e.e. cummings

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Comment 22 of 232, added on April 21st, 2006 at 1:05 PM.

Okay just in case this wasn’t obvious enough, stop with the pathetic jokes
about the word" gay”. It’s annoying, if you want to be like that go
somewhere else and do it, I really couldn't care less. Have you even read
the poem or are you all to busy beings idiots? If you want to make a
comment, keep in mind that it should actually be appropriate and regard the
poem and its actual subject matter. Thank you. By the way, it is a great
poem by one of the most influential writers in the twentieth century, his
language and stylistic writing is world renowned.

Max from Canada
Comment 21 of 232, added on April 11th, 2006 at 12:48 PM.

that was soooooooo gay!!

idk from United States
Comment 20 of 232, added on April 6th, 2006 at 8:35 AM.

i think that if you all think thst this poem is as contriversal as you say
it is...keep it to your self..i thought that this poem had alot to say and
that it is amazing in the way it makes you imagine the word "gay"

i thought it was lovely

-devin

Devin from United States
Comment 19 of 232, added on April 5th, 2006 at 11:08 AM.

try putting in words people can undertsand and if you aren't gay dont type
about it cause that just dumb

john williams from New Zealand
Comment 18 of 232, added on March 5th, 2006 at 4:40 PM.

why are you guys so gay. cant you just appretiate poetry for what it is.
Who cares if he uses the word gay. That is of course unless you guys are 5.

denis from Bangladesh
Comment 17 of 232, added on February 14th, 2006 at 1:29 PM.

I peed my pants b/c I was so scaredd

Crystal from United States
Comment 16 of 232, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 10:00 AM.

I am wondering what possesses one to comment on a poem. Presumably you all
have read the poem. It seems to mean little to many of you. Why bother
commenting at all? I would like to posit that the poem, or poetry in
general, has evoked in you a sense of resentment. Some have lashed out at
the poem as though you are thinking, “this will show those eggheads.” I
would hope that exposer to the world of poetry, even if it only rases
resentment, would prompt one to try and discover why people would waist so
much time and energy. I suppose that the poem’s intent is beyond your
narrow world view. “Gay” in the poem is the young lady’s name. When the
poem was written the term was not associated with homosexuality. Cummings
is contrasting the narrators world with that of the young lady. Gay is a
socialite who is suppressing, not just sexuality but any impulse that is
associated with the animal nature of humans. The narrator’s description of
her shows a derisive feeling towards Gay’s narrow view of the world. As
they walk through the zoo the animals a mating. This upsets Gay and later
she states that she would like to see animals that are stuffed, “ Miss Gay
had nothing to say to the animals and the animals had nothing/to say to
Miss Gay/during our return voyage, my pensive companion dimly remarked
some-/thing about "stuffed/fauna" being "very interesting. . . " The
theme is constant through the poem. When they separate Gay goes into a
Y.W.C.A. Which while evocative of the Village People’s song Y.M.C.A. has
nothing to do with it as the song came out long after the poet died. The
Y.W.C.A. was part of an American social movement called the “Charter House
Movement.” At the time the poem was written there was a social debate
about the falling morals of society. Termed a “Social Crises” because the
poor were not going to church and this was seen as leaving them vulnerable
to Marxist ideologies. The Charter House movement were organizations that
were formed to get the poor back in church. Organizations like the
Salvation Army, Y.M.C.A. Good Will, Y.W.C.A. all find their roots at this
time. That Gay goes that was and the narrator goes to the nearest “
helen moller/dancers, whom he considered "elevating--that is, if dancing
CAN be ele-/vating” (strip club). Contrast the separation of art from the
“high society” and “morality” from the artist. Gay in the end is “behind
glass” much like the way she would prefer to see animals. This is a poem
which evokes a great deal about how one is tied to both human society and
human animal needs. As language changes we need to be careful not to
associate new meaning on old poetry. I hope this will assuage some of the
fear and anger some of you exhibit towards poetry. Perhaps ignorance is
not bliss.

Jeff from United States
Comment 15 of 232, added on January 6th, 2006 at 10:06 AM.

HEY I THINK YOR POEMS ALL COOL AND ALL BUT WERE DO YOU GET YO
ISPIRATION....IM NOT GAY OR ANYTHING BUT I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST IT...BUT IM
STILL NOT GAY THOUGH....HECKK NO...MY HUSBAND WOULD PROBABLY KILL ME BUT
NICE POEM.........

FED_EX from Samoa
Comment 14 of 232, added on August 20th, 2005 at 11:36 PM.

don't wear your wrists out and be sure to clean off the keyboard of Mommy's
computer when you're done.

whadda buncha lamerz

Roll Eyes from United States
Comment 13 of 232, added on July 12th, 2005 at 10:48 AM.

Cummings does not mean 'gay' the way your sick minds would imagine it. He
is talking about a pristine innocent young lady who isn't sexy at all, as
he says 'unasociated with the libido' so in fact its just the opposite as
you all think.

ConqueringId from United States

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