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

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Comment 32 of 142, added on February 24th, 2010 at 1:06 PM.

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 142, 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 142, 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
Comment 29 of 142, added on February 12th, 2007 at 5:21 PM.

this gives a clear indication of the complete pattern of thought that e.e.
cummings had. to me this showed a hold of the full days of experience in a
short moment of time. and also of the competition that took place during
some of the stages of any particlar day.

roger from United States
Comment 28 of 142, added on April 27th, 2006 at 12:22 PM.

never have i read something so boring in my life

mike from United States
Comment 27 of 142, added on March 15th, 2006 at 2:07 PM.

i belive that this peom is very awsome, i think that thoughts who do not
understand his writing will learn more about him if you read more of this
work. i enjoy every bit of what he has to offer in his writing.

Emily from United States
Comment 26 of 142, added on March 15th, 2006 at 6:04 AM.

The analysis and comments of this poem is one of my assignments of
school.It's rather difficult for a Chinese college student ,like me, to
understand it.
It is your website that helps me make it!

Will from China
Comment 25 of 142, added on February 7th, 2006 at 10:07 AM.

So simple a poem and at the same time so deep and so emotionally wrenching.
Edgarian in nature, it points a finger straight out of the page at your
face and makes you examine yourself. The focus of this poem can be summed
up in one word: Hypocracy. No further explanation be needed. The world is
full of it, and Cummings did an amazing job getting his point across in a
way that was at the same time simple, moving, cutting, intelligent and

Craig from United States
Comment 24 of 142, added on January 18th, 2006 at 6:54 PM.

The poem, i think, is essentially about the universality of human
experience in the sense that we all feel subjected at some point in our
lives. 'What have i done that you wouldn't have?' is the heart of the poem
- across species, class, culture, nationality, religion & etc. it must be
remembered that none of us want to be poisoned.

Carmine from Australia
Comment 23 of 142, added on January 9th, 2006 at 7:00 PM.

i think people overanalyze. could it be that he saw a mouse after eating
rat poison? one thing that people like to do is overanalyze what famous
people say as if they're the smartest person in the world. this could have
been a scribbling on a napkin somewhere when that thought popped in his
head. dont get me wrong, i know it could represent a higher society and
suffering and such and so-on, but you sometimes you have to realize that it
may mean nothing. this happened a lot with the works and lyrics of Bob
Dylan. he said that he just wrote down stories in his head or thought or
whatever, and that people overanalyzed and made up their own stories with
deep deep hidden backgrounds and messages that needed to be literarily
decoded. It could be either. It's just that some people find famous people
in such high regard that they hold their words as moe than they may be,
because, after all, ee cumings was more or less just like you and I. Don't
delve too deep people. Sometimes it's necessary, but not always.

clayton perry from United States

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