Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
May 24th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 288,557 comments.
Analysis and comments on if everything happens that can't be done by e.e. cummings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 [28] 29

Comment 14 of 284, added on December 16th, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

it has all these paradoxes....just like love...longing and wanting to go on
longing for someone, for example...

scheherazade from Pakistan
Comment 13 of 284, added on October 14th, 2009 at 3:20 PM.

I believe this poem is about spirit and nature versus intellect. Feeling
life rather than just reading it from a book. we are meant to feel life
and live it. That is the only way to truly know ourselves and the world we
live in.

Clank from United States
Comment 12 of 284, added on June 5th, 2009 at 11:39 PM.

This poem is really confusing but it gives off a happy feeling and has some
amazing quotes :)

ST from United States
Comment 11 of 284, added on April 27th, 2009 at 6:25 PM.

This poem is truly a work of art. I read it for the first time today
(April 27, 2009) in class and i was astounded. It contains so many
opposites or things that clash against each other, like "the stupidest
teacher" and "there's 'nothing' as 'something'..." I also realized that
there were two poems in one. I read both poems together as one and it
still all worked out, it still makes sense. I really wanna know more about
this poem, the deeper message. this poem is really somthing...

truly from United States
Comment 10 of 284, added on March 8th, 2009 at 10:11 PM.

This poem is confusing yet it has a certain vibe that gives the reader an
impression that love is all.

charessie turillo from United States
Comment 9 of 284, added on November 21st, 2008 at 5:06 PM.

From my interpretation, there's a poem within the poem. What I exactly mean
is that inside the paranthesis is another poem. If you separate them and
read the lines in the parathesis and the lines without parantesis apart,
the poem makes more sense and are different.

Sophie from Brazil
Comment 8 of 284, added on March 21st, 2007 at 2:59 AM.

This is one of a handful of poems with a religious theme that place
cummings among the sublime poets. Yes, it is about love and it also is
about the God Who is Love. The very first line places it in the realm of
mystery, a reaching out to the power that is above and beyond--and yet,
within and between. What better metaphor for the sheer joy of discovering
Love than that of children bursting from the schoolhouse into the wonderful
freedom of recess? It is carefully crafted, with the first part of each
stanza straining against the "books" that tell us what we must do and know,
and the second half bursting with the joy of freedom, the discovery of who
we really are. I have been known to go on and on--but go find all this for

Grace Seitzer from United States
Comment 7 of 284, added on January 24th, 2006 at 9:25 AM.

This poem seems sort of similar in concept to cummings' poem "since feeling
is first" with the whole love is indescribable kind of theme.

Andrew from United States
Comment 6 of 284, added on November 5th, 2005 at 5:04 AM.

I think that this poem is about love the speaker wanted to say his love to
the girl that he loves her very much he discribe this love and its
feeling.he wanted to say that love and its feeling is very greater than any
thing in this world .love is very greater than putting in the form of words
and saying in the book ther is no book to say love to have a right concept
of areal love . he wanted to say that if we discribe love inthe form of
book or by words it lost its value.I think that the title of this poem says
that this girl don't care to his love very much it wanted to show that she
loved him but try to fade it becouse of her shame and that is the thing
that have value for him and he loved it coz he believed that if she show it
apearently this love lost its value.and it become cheap . in line 19 he
said that every thing in this world has no value in comparesion with this
love .in line10 he wanted to say that love and its emotion has no
question,reason,its an emotion that comes to your heart and you have no
answer for it . you can't discribe this emotion of love .in line 29he said
that he knew that the girl love him but because of her shame or pride she
didn't show it and it had value for him.coz it shew that she was not a
cheap girl.in line 45 he said that thier love id wanderful the thing that
he believed in it.in line 37 he compared their love with sun light to make
a high value for it and to say that thier love is unique and it is as
beautiful as the sun light and to say that there was no love in the world
that was as great as thiers.and he wanted to say that his love is as clear
as the sun light and without any tricking and cheating.

parastoo_farrahi from Iran
Comment 5 of 284, added on July 21st, 2005 at 6:55 PM.

I feel so fortunate to have finally after years of searching find the
quote" and birds sing sweeter than books tell how" I had heard it as "and
birds sing sweeter than words can tell" at a bird club meeting and I was
told e.e.cummings was the author. I really like the whole poem and am so
happy I found it. Shirley May

Shirley M. Guyer from United States

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 [28] 29
Share |

Information about if everything happens that can't be done

Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: if everything happens that can't be done
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 43189 times
Poem of the Day: Dec 2 2010

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: if everything happens that can't be done
By: e.e. cummings

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

cummings Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links