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Analysis and comments on somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by e.e. cummings

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Comment 43 of 253, added on June 11th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.

I found this Poem while searching for one as a project for class. Once I
found it I thought it was wonderfully contructed! The commas meaing small
pauses, and giving it that extra UMPH! This Poem should be taught to every
High School in the world!!

Geoff L. from Canada
Comment 42 of 253, added on May 16th, 2005 at 7:19 AM.

somewhere I have never travelled

sellami mustapha from Morocco
Comment 41 of 253, added on May 11th, 2005 at 2:01 PM.

Does anyone else see the potential that he is talking about the sexuality
between him and his lover in this poem? It is a very beautiful poem and i
was wondering if anyone else saw that in it besides me


Lorraina from United States
Comment 40 of 253, added on May 9th, 2005 at 8:04 PM.

The most beautiful poem in the English language

Mike from United Kingdom
Comment 39 of 253, added on May 7th, 2005 at 5:17 AM.

What a lovely poem, I don't understand it quite yet, but i'll keep trying!

Louise from United Kingdom
Comment 38 of 253, added on April 23rd, 2005 at 8:21 PM.

I think cummings has the heart of a child, the more I read of his poems,
the more I am convinced that his gleeful and unashamedly sensuous prose is
a true gift.
I think that as with all truly great love poetry, like Shakespeare's sonnet
29, or cummings own "since feeling is first" They say things we wish we
were capable of saying, and surround us with images that we want to beleive
in, whether they are real or not.

I think the poem itself is fairly self explanatory:

"your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose"

"the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands"

If you read the verses offset you get different meanings, but I see the
poem as a way of saying that no matter what he feels, or tries to hide, the
woman has but to look at him, and he, like the flower, opens to to her.

"nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands"

If you like this, however, check out Rainer Maria Rilke, especially
"letters to a young poet" magical stuff.


John from United Kingdom
Comment 37 of 253, added on April 21st, 2005 at 2:36 PM.

I am a 35 year old man, and this poem is so beautiful it makes me cry. Not
figuratively, LITERALLY. I am weeping. God, this is so damn perfect. As
someone implied above, it makes me happy that the world exists, so that
this poem can exist in it.

scottstandridge from United States
Comment 36 of 253, added on April 20th, 2005 at 8:53 AM.

can anyone tell me what "the glass menagerie is"? some of the comments
refer to the epigraph of the the glass menagerie as the last line of one of
cummings poems (nobody,not even the rain has such small hands)

kitzbill from Germany
Comment 35 of 253, added on April 18th, 2005 at 6:14 AM.

yes i just came across it today too, that last line appearing as the
epigraph [is that what you call it!?] for the glass menagerie. i believe it
is to emphasize the delicacy of the person cummings is talking about, her
gentleness moving him beyond words, perhaps her fragility arousing a lsight
pretective instinct in him, her vulnerability. in the context of the glass
menagerie, it could be a reference to Laura and her fragility [remember her
lack of sel-confidence?], also her delicacy and love in handling her glass
figures. i'm not quite sure, what do you think?

k* from Singapore
Comment 34 of 253, added on March 28th, 2005 at 8:16 AM.

hi, can anyone tell me what
nobody, not even the rain has such some hands
means as it is the epigraph of The Glass Menagerie, can anyone shed light,
btw I didn't really get the peom :S

Rachel from United Kingdom

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