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

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Comment 28 of 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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 188, 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
Comment 22 of 188, added on December 11th, 2005 at 6:32 PM.

I would agree that even though the narrator is a human, the mouse's
perspective is still communicated. After all, from a human perspective no
one would know what the mouse is saying. I also think that the rearranged
word order communicates the chaotic state of the dying mouse's mind,
especially since it's poisoned and not just trapped.

maureen from United States
Comment 21 of 188, added on December 8th, 2005 at 11:13 PM.

I think this poem is about how during the great depression there were a lot
of suicides and basically the mouse is saying "If you lost your money your
job and everything that means somthing to you. wouldnt you do the same as
me which is kill myself" and hes asking the "bigger" people of society that

Ashley E. age:18 from United States
Comment 20 of 188, added on December 6th, 2005 at 1:29 PM.

The theme of human alienation in Me up at does, is one we cannot deny. Many
times, we see others around us dying slowly, doing things that will lead to
their doom and we actually encourage these acts by " providing cheese"
through drugs, encouragement , envying them and hating them. Finally when
their death comes, we feel a deep sorrow and think "what could i have done
better". Undeniably the personna has a deep sense of regret at the end. And
this is evident in the abrupt end on the "imagined " words of the mouse.
The words resound and resound in the personna and the reader's head. I
believe this poem is a call to all races, nations and ppl in different
neighbourhoods. DOnt wait till the shunned and neglected are about to die
before you reflect on sorrow and what you could have done. NOw is the time
to smile at someone, to speak to them about their misdeeds and to show them
that Jesus is the savior. A few weeks ago, a boy in my college died. He was
found with stabs and shots aallover him. Drugs maybe, who knows but "what
had he done that we wouldnt have done" maybe if we didnt live in such an
alienated society and we got to know each other.maybe then and just maybe
if oneday i had spoken to Ricky about Jesus Christ and invited him to
church. Maybe then we wouldnt be staring down at the haunting eyes on the
bereavment T-shirt that students wear, the shirt in which the face of ricky
asks.."what have i done that you wouldnt have"

Donna from Ghana
Comment 19 of 188, added on December 1st, 2005 at 8:04 AM.

when you are reading a poem by cumming more than any thing you should be
careful about the form.I don't want to influnce other's viwes but I do care
the just words in capitale Me Stare What

diyako from Iran

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