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Analysis and comments on i am a little church by e.e. cummings

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Comment 9 of 259, added on November 23rd, 2008 at 9:25 AM.

I think this poem is about simplicity and humility. It doesn't matter
whether one is rich or poor, if one has a little more than their neighbor
one tends to feel like a "cathedral," but being a "little church" is what
really matters. I think being a "little church" means being able to let go
of material things even when we still have them but rather appreciate our
friends and family's value even more.

Lupe Romero from United States
Comment 8 of 259, added on October 22nd, 2008 at 3:33 PM.

I have been on a quest about my faith for the past two years. I've been in
a "dark stage" walking like a toddler with my arms outstretched, leaning on
to things as I go along, trying to find my way without falling so hard that
it hurts. This poem was part of my walk...I was so inspired by the words
that I traveled to Madison to take a picture of the actual church and stand
in the same spot he stood. The story behind this poem is that he was
traveling with his wife down the road at the end of WWII. He was not a
Christian, brought up in a Unitarian home, however, the light illuminating
from the church windows and the collection of the people at the church
finding out that the war had ended was enough to draw his attention and
cause him to pull over to the side of the road to find out what was going
on. What strikes me about this poem is that even those who do not believe
in Christ cannot deny His power. (I also noticed the only capitalization
was reference to Him.) The power and pull that this little church in small
Madison NH had on Cummings also inspired him to write this poem indicating
his knowledge and acceptance of the power that a small church has on a
little community. The last two lines are striking for me....standing erect
in the deathless truth of His presence (welcoming humbly His light and
proudly His darkness)....while I have been in "His darkness", I wonder, if
he too felt the yearning to understand Christ more...to walk with him and
earnestly believe.


Valerie Leuchter from United States
Comment 7 of 259, added on March 24th, 2008 at 9:37 PM.

I believe with all my heart that this poem is about self, and is one of his
most moving works. Self, at peace with the world, and full of faith.

Jill Brooks from United States
Comment 6 of 259, added on April 13th, 2006 at 10:16 AM.

im usingthis poem for a project in english. i think in a way it uses
symbolsm, you dont have to be big to be important. whatever it is i love it

jessika miller
Comment 5 of 259, added on August 19th, 2005 at 12:55 PM.

Did anyone else pick up on his use of a capitalized god (Him) in a poem
with his trademark no other capital letters. Strange for the son of a
Unitarian minister of that era or not?

Lyman from United States
Comment 4 of 259, added on July 20th, 2005 at 7:39 PM.

As an organist in a small church, this embodies wonderfully the spirit of
such a church.

Nicholas F. Russotto from United States
Comment 3 of 259, added on January 31st, 2005 at 9:43 AM.

I was introduced to this poem while visiting a remote Congregational church
on east Maui--the Hui'aloha church. In my ministry to small congregations
in rural settings I find discouragement in not being able to do "
everything that has been done in the past. We are just too small and too
old". This poem gives permission to "be" just what you are, to continue to
dance to the rhythm of time, love and contentment.

Jane L. Hill from United States
Comment 2 of 259, added on December 7th, 2004 at 12:02 PM.

I used this poem to write an essay and i found that the imagery displayed
in this poem is something that i can relate to. The image of an
unassuming, country church is something that i find comforting and it
reminds me of the not so distant past.

Allison Montgomery from United States
Comment 1 of 259, added on October 27th, 2004 at 7:14 PM.

I love reading this piece out loud. In a church setting it has rarely been
heard by most of the audience. My way of reading it is to start out in
verse one slowly and thoughtfully. Verses two and three become the
quickest, line 7 being the fastest and line 10 not being far behind. Those
two lists of ____ and ____ and... let you deal with each word as an
emotional power point. Get some body language in there. raising your arms
higher with each word is one way of emphasizing the build up. The rest of
the poem is a slow down again until you are reading the last verse
similarly to the first. However, the last verse is one of quiet strength
and should sound that way. Again, watch that body language. Straighten
your spine. If you're standing behind something, consider finishing from
memory, or take the book in hand, and step closer to the audience.

Edgar Hix from United States

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