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Analysis and comments on if there are any heavens my mother will by e.e. cummings

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Comment 2 of 52, added on June 8th, 2005 at 1:32 PM.

New insight on top of my ealier stuff, we could actually view the poem as
the poet describing a scene where his father brought him to visit his
mother's graveyard, never leaving it untended and thus a heaven of black
red roses and not the fragile lily of the valleys which usually grow in
such places

Kevin Kuan Boon Sen from Malaysia
Comment 1 of 52, added on November 29th, 2004 at 8:47 PM.

A beautiful poem based on impressions. Every line is open to different
interpretations as it is not punctuated and restricted as if it were an
open picture. It may help to just picture the poem as it is. Firstly why
does the poem start with IF. the heaven not being a pansy or fragile heaven
shows the poets wish that it will be full of substance and eternal. Black
Red roses may symbolize a love filled with substance and blood but also
carries the nuance of the mother mourning the father's death. the fact that
the father is like the roses of the mother's heaven just goes to show he is
the focal point of the mother's heaven. The definition of nothing is also
varied, it could refer to a nobody or plainly (with the face of a poet he
sees nothing), the face of a poet either refers to an appreciative artist
or a complicated brooder not like the simple flower following the sunshine
without having to see but feel, (not)a face with hands could either refer
to that (not seeing) a sobbing mother, a father (not) with his palm to the
face deep in consternation or fustration, or (not) a clock thus in the
mother's case referring to eternal beauty, in the father's case not
limiting the time for his wife to be with him. (with eyes) which whisper
this is my beloved my has a very simple explanation. the father's love for
the mother is so much that it actually pours forth from his eyes, the
window of the mind, his love is so great that words are no longer needed to
express his love even if it could. his eyes gently whispers "This is my
beloved, my..." unable to raise his wife any further in her perfect state
in his eyes he proceeds to give his ultimate gesture of respect, humbling
himself. He bows to the person who appreciates him. In the glory of the one
he loved and loved by he bows and in such all the other things worthy of
being in the mother's heaven follow suit the main object of the mother's
heaven. A truly touching masterpiece indeed of a child's love to his

Kevin Kuan Boon Sen from Malaysia

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: if there are any heavens my mother will
Added: Jan 31 2004
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