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Analysis and comments on Jehovah buried,Satan dead, by e.e. cummings

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Comment 15 of 345, added on April 8th, 2007 at 9:27 PM.

He uses all lower cases in this poem. That shows his irreeverence for God.
God with a small g would be the Unitarian god. His dad was a Unitarian
minister. Jesus is not God and our savior in unitarianism. So I'm having
trouble seeing this poem as being in favor of spirituality.

Nathan Thoune from United States
Comment 14 of 345, added on March 11th, 2007 at 6:57 PM.

I think that this poem is saying something about how we are losing our
humanity and we are ruled by money. By the way, to whoever posted last,
WWII wasn't until 1939. 1933 was the Great Depression.

Amanda from United States
Comment 13 of 345, added on April 20th, 2006 at 10:34 AM.

what a lot of you are missing is when this poem was written. cummings wrote
this around 1933 when ww2 was going on. "fearers" is, in a way, refering to
the "führers" of the time, hitler and stallin. "worshiping much and quick"
was EE's way of saying that hitler wanted it all and now. "to kiss the mike
if Jew turn kike" refers to the rise of anti-semitism. "eternity's a 5 year
plan" is refering to stalin's 5 year plan. "hate's a game, Love's a fuck"
may be refering to how soldiers of the SS would be allowed any woman they
wanted. if they got the woman pregnant, then they might be awarded a medal
for spreading the genes of the perfect race.

that's about all i have.

Johnny from United States
Comment 12 of 345, added on March 27th, 2006 at 10:04 PM.

"Jahova" starts with an I...Correct? I'm not religious, I don't go to
church, I don't even beleive in god, but I do like Indiana Jones. ;P

Comment 11 of 345, added on December 15th, 2005 at 12:27 AM.

"But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will
be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement,
slanderers, without self-control,fierce, without love of goodness,
betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures reather
than lovers of God ... wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to
worse, misleading and being mislead." 2 Timothy 3:1-4, 13

Indie Lux from Mexico
Comment 10 of 345, added on December 9th, 2005 at 3:55 PM.

I think Cummings is really talking not just about lost religion but about
lost christianity and lost humanity. His point is not about the hypocrisy
of the church; his premise, in fact, is that popular culture has abandoned
God (“Jehovah buried, Satan dead,”). The problem is that without God,
society’s view of man is not what man is created to be. In the last stanza,
the poet calls to Jesus Christ as the only one who can save, the only
perfect human.

Jehovah buried, Satan dead,
(since no one worships God anymore)
do fearers worship Much and Quick;
(people just want more faster)
badness not being felt as bad,
(sin is no longer a problem; it’s just “mistakes”)
itself thinks goodness what is meek;
(as long as things don’t impose on anyone else, they’re considered ok)
obey says toc, submit says tic,
(as time goes on, there’s more and more pressure to conform)
Eternity's a Five Year Plan:
(no one thinks long-term)
if Joy with Pain shall hand in hock
(if temporary happiness always brings pain in society)
who dares to call himself a man?
(no one is really human anymore, as humans are supposed to be)

go dreamless knaves on Shadows fed,
(sin is everywhere; we feed on it)
your Harry's Tom,your Tom is Dick;
(everyone is the same)
while Gadgets murder squack and add,
(machines do everything for us now)
the cult of Same is all the chic;
(everyone is supposed to conform)
by instruments, both span and spic,
are justly measured Spic and Span:
(our machines are the only brains we have left)
to kiss the mike if Jew turn kike
who dares to call himself a man?
(everyone is afraid to be individual)

loudly for Truth have liars pled,click;
(everybody wants the truth, but nobody has it)
where Boobs are holy, poets mad,
(foolishness is revered, thinkers are disregarded)
illustrious punks of Progress shriek;
(everyone thinks that only new ideas have value)
when Souls are outlawed, Hearts are sick,
(if no one is supposed to go to God, people are still spiritually lost)
Hearts being sick, Minds nothing can:
(when our spirits aren’t working, we are blind to reality)
if Hate's a game and Love's a fuck
(we have become flippant about the most serious things)
who dares to call himself a man?
(we’re afraid to be who we’re made to be)

King Christ, this world is all aleak;
(calling to Jesus, the world needs help)
and lifepreservers there are none:
(and no one can save themselves)
and waves which only He may walk
(He, however, can save everyone and doesn’t need saving; He’s the Son of
Who dares to call Himself a man.
(He was the uncorrupted man, He wasn’t afraid to go against the grain, and
most of all, He was willing to become a man even though He is God)

In essence, this poem laments the fall of the world and prays for Christ’s

Comment 9 of 345, added on November 13th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

To Jasmine, i did read it over after considering what you said and you were
right. His views on the world are that everything good is being replaced
with things of pleasure. Take notice of how everything he mentions has a
place in todays society as "in." We, as a society, are completely dumb to
the ways of yesterday, and any idea of "good" is frowned upon, as the idea
"wrong" is dumbed down and looked upon as acceptable.

Eric from United States
Comment 8 of 345, added on June 5th, 2005 at 3:51 PM.

Also the line "and loves a fuck". I think he means that love has become not
a passionate bond between 2 people but a one night stand.

Brian Kirn from United States
Comment 7 of 345, added on June 5th, 2005 at 9:15 AM.

I am a 16 yr old and agree with everyone. Also in the line "your Harry's
Tom, your Tom's Dick" i think he is talking of a loss of individuality in
our society. Also there is a line missing. After,"Loudly for truth have
liars plead", it should read, "their heels for freedom slaves will click".

Brian Kirn from United States
Comment 6 of 345, added on May 4th, 2005 at 11:16 AM.

i like this poem, im only 15 and in high school but i believe that the
person who commented "The poem means the rate of which our society is
growing and changing is beyond our control. Cummings was smart enough to
see that.the values of todays society are changing for the worst" is
right.I am mormon and mormons live by what are nowadays called morals of
yesterday, we believe in modest and chastity but i love this poem because
E.E. Cummings is a man of modesty and virtue.

p.s. im using this poem for an english project. gonna make my class think

Abinadi from United States

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