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Analysis and comments on it may not always be so by e.e. cummings

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Comment 19 of 99, added on November 3rd, 2008 at 6:32 PM.

I fell in love with this poem fifteen years ago - at about the same time
that the love of my life (then) was leaving me for someone else.

I found comfort in the arms of these words.

Matt from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 99, added on August 27th, 2008 at 5:24 PM.

What a beautiful poem. Only those who have experienced this kind of love
will understand that it is possible to let go, because you love someone so
much you just want him to be happy, with or without you.

Maria from Germany
Comment 17 of 99, added on May 13th, 2008 at 6:21 PM.

this is such a beutiful poem. my english teacher gave it to the class. i
love it.

will from United States
Comment 16 of 99, added on April 6th, 2008 at 5:50 AM.

This is one of the all-time greats in love poetry. We all have an
experience like this; a time when a loved one leaves us for another- or
perhaps even the sense of slowly losing them from your life. As they drain
away inevitably like sand in your fists; the tighter you clutch at the last
few vestiges of how it used to be, how it could be- but how many of us can
truly say that like Cummings, we have been willing to give up the love of
our life, 'all happiness', for the sake of another's, without any
resentment? Perhaps this is what love ought to be like, and may yet prove
to be, for us all. We can only hope.

Sly from Australia
Comment 15 of 99, added on April 14th, 2007 at 8:06 PM.

i had once touched your lips...and i had wished u ll be happy forever...do
u remember how i broke then everything in pieces and watched u go...did u
see me turning my face and hearing that bird sing terribly afar in the lost
lands?
All my love my friend wherever u r...

vasilis from Greece
Comment 14 of 99, added on April 15th, 2006 at 10:15 AM.

it's like watching the rain through the window, an old song playing on the
back, and feeling sad without knowing why...

Sena from Turkey
Comment 13 of 99, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 12:01 AM.

this poem is so hot.
but sad.
and cutee.


shanaynay that cali beez from United States
Comment 12 of 99, added on December 23rd, 2005 at 11:37 PM.

a couple months ago i was introduced to this wonderfully expressive poem.
i was 17. i hate the fact that bjork had turned it into sound (hence the
word sound and not music or an expressive form of art). of course this
poem is my all time favorite and never has a poem ever sruck a chord in me
so strongly.

Punguss from United States
Comment 11 of 99, added on August 19th, 2005 at 6:28 AM.

Such an increadibly beautiful poem. No other way to describe it really. I
love how he is able to express his feeling with such a perfect choice of
words. Especially in this poem. But i love this one the most. The fact that
he can still give his blessing to something that in turn is hurting him,
but not forgetting the sourness of the situation right at the end when he
hears a "bird sing terribly" to sum up his thoughts. Bjork has also done a
wonderful job of turning this into sound. I absolutely love it!

tamara zerafa from Australia
Comment 10 of 99, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 5:30 AM.

I fell in love with this poem, not 40 years ago, but I was about 17 as
well. I was in a bookshop in Lisbon with someone I loved at the time and I
opened casually a fine bilingual edition of english and american poetry
exactly in the page where this poem was. I read it in english and I cried.
My boyfriend offered me the book and itís still the only book with poetry
in english I have. I donít read or write in english apart from scientific
works, Iím not a great reader of anglo-saxon literature even in portuguese
translations. But e.e. cummings will always be in my heart because of this
poem.
Like Chris Heinitz says, this is not a sad poem; itís one of the greatest
celebrations of real love you can have: the kind of real love that makes
you protect the happiness of the one you love above your one.

maria josť from Portugal

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