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

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Comment 38 of 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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 318, 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
Comment 33 of 318, added on March 28th, 2005 at 3:11 AM.

It is a lovely poem which when read give you happiness that this universe
exists somewhere

Arshad from Tanzania
Comment 32 of 318, added on February 17th, 2005 at 7:16 PM.

It has been with me for many years. In times of loneliness and times more
generous. Only Corad Aiken's " This is the Shape of the Leaf " provides
that mute palpability that is " Somewhere ". If I could write but one poem
in all the ones I've read then this would be it.

dennis from Canada
Comment 31 of 318, added on February 10th, 2005 at 8:30 AM.

The first time I heard this poem was when a few lines of it was read on an
episode of Beverly Hills 90210 when the characters "Kelly" and "Brandon"
were about to get married and "Brandon" read it to "Kelly", and I knew then
I had to access the entire pooem and I am glad I did, because it has become
one of my two favorite poems. So beautifully written, this poem is so
georgeous, I wish I had written it myself.

Felissa Johnson from United States
Comment 30 of 318, added on February 5th, 2005 at 1:55 AM.

I dont know if anyone noticed bc i couldnt read all the post but Did anyone
look at how many loves one can apply this to A mother/son a dad/daughter
Bf/GF God and Im sure there is more all i can say is cummings rocks out I
wish i could have met him and he is so antiscience its great

Tiffany from United States
Comment 29 of 318, added on February 1st, 2005 at 11:13 AM.

It is very moving to me to find people who love this poem as much as I do.
I also first came across it in "Hannah..." but have since read the complete
works and love all his poems. But this is without doubt my favourite poem
of all time. I think that ee cummings is the person who taught me how to

Kirstie from United Kingdom

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