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Analysis and comments on (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 36 of 139, added on November 17th, 2011 at 11:00 PM.
me up at does

He gains our interest of reading this poem over and over trying to make
sence of his words. We want to understand and find his message eventhough
the words are mixed up.

Vincent Shepherd
Comment 35 of 139, added on April 27th, 2011 at 10:22 PM.
(Me up at does)

Try taking the words and rearranging them into one or two sentences. It
takes some effort, but this process can help with the understanding of his
poem. Also look at the words he chose to capitalize. Besides that, this
poem is a commentary on hypocrisy, how we judge others when they are only
trying to survive. We all have a survival instinct, yet how quickly we
forget. I love how the poet has distilled the very essence of what it
means to be a hypocrite.

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Comment 34 of 139, added on April 6th, 2010 at 7:15 PM.
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Comment 32 of 139, added on February 24th, 2010 at 1:06 PM.
Prof.

I see considerable discussion about the last line of the poem. But what
about the first line? It seems to me that the first line is the moment
when the mouse gets poisoned, and loses all ability to use intelligible
language. In this way, it contrasts with the profundity of the end. As he
lies dying, the mouse regains his ability to speak, and says, in brief, 'I
have no need to justify my life.'

Stanley Greenstein from United States
Comment 31 of 139, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 1:29 PM.

I think the poet is speaking throgh the mouth of a criminal. May be in war
, in the street or any other place he had killed sb, unintetionally, That
person is sad all the time and there is astorm at his mind, and even
poisening a mouse makes him confused and distressed.

Samane from Iran
Comment 30 of 139, added on March 10th, 2009 at 10:16 AM.

e.e. cummings loved playing with words. I find many of his works such as
"Me up at does" brilliant,playful, and at times excoriating of human beings
and our society. What I like best about this work is the way cummings
carefully chooses each word and builds each line to produce the maximum
effect. One can see the vertical distance, the separation between the
narrator and the poisoned mouse by the structure of the lines. One can see
the tiny dying mouse staring up at the giant human, asking the question
"What have I done you would not have?" I love the use of the word still
which means both "not moving" and "even now".

william jackson from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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