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Comment 7 of 37, added on August 29th, 2011 at 12:13 PM.
Life is not worth death, if death is meaningless and without beauty.
Mankind persuades itself that every life is just a death waiting to happen,
and death awaits with a mischievous smile, without beauty.
from United States
Comment 6 of 37, added on June 26th, 2011 at 6:04 PM.
A friend recently gave me the most profound and insightful analysis of the
second verse of this poem:
There are those that will settle for less than the best they can do and
convince themselves that a weed is a beautiful as a rose,
and the rose will only smile.
As long as you see the beauty in what you do
Comment 5 of 37, added on June 3rd, 2011 at 5:27 PM.
1. stanza: even if all beautiful things must die, cummings persuades
himself that life is still worth living, still beautiful while it lasts
2. stanza: mankind likes to believe that even a bad life is beautiful, but
is ignorant, really, of the beauties of the afterlife, which he assumes, is
smiling down upon us.
He is being sardonic.
Comment 4 of 37, added on March 1st, 2010 at 4:43 PM.
He seems to be saying that he will only say that life is worth dying when
the real beauties say that their beauty is meaningless, or 'in vain'.
Despite the fact that the world tries to tell you that every 'weed', or
essentially(rather than superficially) ugly thing is, in some way
beautiful, you know, or should know, that the real beauties will only
smile. Since, after all, that's the beautiful thing to do.
Sadly, I don't see much in the world to support this optimism. The world
has nearly succeeded in persuading us that every weed is a rose. So the
beauties will die in silent. How long before they proclaim they are in
Comment 3 of 37, added on January 8th, 2007 at 5:33 PM.
This poem is soo good. I have not read much or any of
e. e. cummings but I will deff. do so now.
from United States
Comment 2 of 37, added on May 15th, 2005 at 5:48 AM.
LIfe`s not worth dying, life is worth living, the same old carpe diem, and
what a joy life is.
Known and used theme of the splendour of the rose and its too soon death.
or the pessimistic approach...
When something is good and beautiful, you say "itīs worth dying for".
Life not being worth dying for, could then be interpreted as a pessimistic
view of life.
Still, e.e. cummings loves life, and the moment, and the remembrence, and
the yes..., so I stick to the first interpretation.
liana pehrsson-berindei from Denmark
Comment 1 of 37, added on March 24th, 2005 at 1:47 PM.
This Poem I find gives me inspiration on every day I live and the day I
just might die,As everything lives by night or by day,I thrive inside just
to know that I cannot lie. Thank- you for this inspiration
Tia from United States
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