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Comment 10 of 50, added on January 14th, 2006 at 9:38 PM.
i feel that the next to last lines: "because you are
forever making poems in the lap
of death Humanity
i hate you" reflect cummings' own feelings about his work - is it worth
making art in the hope of fighting the fear of death?
natalie from Canada
Comment 9 of 50, added on November 19th, 2005 at 11:56 AM.
As humans (as in humanity) we are not perfect, and we all possess the
ability to perform both good & evil tasks - (the duality of man); hence the
love/hate of humanity, You cannot have one with out the other. But then
again, this is only the second poem I have ever read.
Mike from United States
Comment 8 of 50, added on November 11th, 2005 at 8:25 PM.
I'm only 16 years old and have been asked to write about this poem in my
end of year exam. This is poem is worth recognition for the fact that it
gets so many people worked up over Humanities faults. I've read evryones
comments hear, agreeing & disagreeing with his point of view. But I believe
he is just trying to get people to acknowledge our faults and realize that
we must do something if we are to keep ourselves peacefully detached from
the rest of the earth. Although he does conclude "Humanity i hate you"
which i agree with a few other commenters, he seems to have been let down.
Almost as if he believed in us as a whole. For me it induced a great deal
Just a comment!
Comment 7 of 50, added on September 19th, 2005 at 10:25 PM.
to me, it doesn't seem so much angry as cynical and sad -- disappointed.
Like he wants to love humanity, but its follies overreach his love and make
him disgusted and sad.
Kim from United States
Comment 6 of 50, added on June 8th, 2005 at 6:44 PM.
This is a very intense poem that is very full of proof and truth. I do not
find it cynical. Everyday we commit crimes against ourselves to keep peace
or make a living. Our cries are stifled by a society that finds inner
strength less attractive than outward success.
Carin from United States
Comment 5 of 50, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 10:21 PM.
Cummings' use of sarcasm and irony in the poem is really affective...I'm
disappointed at how negatively he views the world and humanity. I tend to
believe that not all of humanity is as ignorant to what life is as what he
mc from United States
Comment 4 of 50, added on April 26th, 2005 at 11:42 AM.
i really enjoy this poem! it helps express how i, personally, feel about
all humanity! i'm glad i have foudna poem that i can relate to.
from United States
Comment 3 of 50, added on April 24th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.
to me this poem spits in the face of all humainty. it seems as though he
is angry at the world for taking advantage of everything it has to offer,
and he hides it through satire and irony and he dosnt honestly come out
with it until the last stanza "i hate you"
Jackie from United States
Comment 2 of 50, added on October 15th, 2004 at 12:35 PM.
this is true & hopefull of things to come (
if they have not already come to pass). [i
Comment 1 of 50, added on August 27th, 2004 at 4:40 PM.
Agree. Seems to set well in the gut.
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