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Comment 11 of 311, 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 311, 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 311, 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 311, 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 311, 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 311, 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 311, 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
Comment 4 of 311, added on January 12th, 2005 at 5:50 PM.

in the second stanza the second to last line should be "around we come
who)" unlike the first stanza which is "around we go yes)" Also, the first
line of the third stanza should be "so world is a leaf so tree is a bough"
just thought you'd like to know!

liz from United States
Comment 3 of 311, added on January 5th, 2005 at 6:46 PM.

This is my analysis (rough)

e.e. cummings
“if everything happens that happens that can’t be done” suggests a love
that is
greater than that which can be described and is at a higher level than
refer to (or the love that is said to be possible), and suggests both the
existence and power of it.
Throughout the poem it seems because the clauses are broken up with the
statements in parenthesis it will be easiest to change the two sides
(parenthesis statements and the rest of the verse) into two voices because
parenthesis voice has an optimistic feel I will refer to it in that manner.
other voice will be the narrative voice.
In the first stanza the narrative voice claims that “the stupidest teacher
almost guess
there’s nothing as something as one.” So first of all the
narrator is stating that most everyone know that an individual has an
amount of potential. The optimist states, in the same stanza, that, “(with
a run
skip around we go yes)” This gives an impression of love and particularly
love. In the fourth stanza even the narrative voice states, in a less
sense, “now i love you and you love me” This indicates not only that that
it is
a love poem but also that there is a level of conflict between the lovers
their love) and society’s knowledge of love’s boundries and downfalls, and

because their love is, “righter than books could plan” they are set to
the standard set for love.
In the second stanza the narrative voice decribes the conflict while the
optimist tells of their love growing. The narrative voice says, “one hasn't
why or because or although” these are all words used in conflict of
communication. Society knows that two people have to discuss in order
the thoughts of the counterpart; however one must only understand for
themselves. “(and buds know better than books don't grow)” indicates as one
throw out the idea that “buds” are not buddies, but instead are buds in the

sense of a rose bud or the bud of a bush or tree. We receive this
later when the narrative and optimist voice speak of nature and nature’s
“Books don’t grow” but relationships are ever-changing and hopefully
ever-progressing. And if two buds, or two lovers, “know” than they “know
than books. The two are able of a higher standard than the standards of
society has set. Buds is a strong choice of words not only because it shows

nature in beauty but also a bud is full of possibility, for when it blooms
then can one describe the beauty it is capable of. The optimist is not only
sure of their love, more artistic but also more of a rebel to the
standards. The
optimist says that buds know better than books and describes them as buds,

believing in something greater than they are already.
The next line in stanza two the narrative voice makes a shift not only in
but also in confidence of their love. The narrative voice states, “one's
anything old being everything new” this puts an emphasis on the idea that
naturally when two people learn about each other and are truly in love the

“one’s anything” is “old” but now becomes new because the other learns it.
the things that one once did, and has become old, now become new as it is
redone. For instance two “buds” have both probably gone ice-skating on
their own
but now that they are together it must be redone, and it is a new
because they are together.

Huesif from United States
Comment 2 of 311, added on December 4th, 2004 at 2:17 PM.

It is an eternal quest, but so far, no poem I've read expresses the sheer
visceral, quivering excitement of being in love. Cummings tells us that
emotions can't be taught, live life by what your heart tells you. The
penultimate line never fails to bring a tear to the eye.

James from United Kingdom

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: if everything happens that can't be done
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