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

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Comment 18 of 188, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 9:29 PM.

Like a lot of you, I agree that Cummings is commenting on social classes.
I think he is raising the question who are we to think we're better than
anyone else? Whether it be because of social classes or skin color (or even
species), we are all more alike than what we may think. If we were that
mouse we would have taken the cheese just like he did, so why is it up to
us to play god and decides who lives and who dies? Or for that matter, who
is more superior?

I'm just having trouble interepreting the line "Me up at does." Any ideas?

Comment 17 of 188, added on November 1st, 2005 at 7:49 PM.

This poem is a first person narrative. The narrator has poisoned a mouse.
The mouse is still alive and staring at the narrator through a crack in the
floor. The mouse is quiet but seems, to the narrator, to be asking, "What
have i done that you wouldn't have".

John from United States
Comment 16 of 188, added on May 25th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

This poem is very deep in the sense that I think it is talking about what
you accomplish in life, stuff that NO one else has the courage to.

DESTREY FAULKNER from United States
Comment 15 of 188, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 10:29 AM.

I think this poem has a great meaning and like someone said you can not
judge people by how they dress, or how they look and I think that there are
alot of people who do that at my school and it is just not at school it is
very where you look they are judging. So I think that Me up at does it is a
great poem.

Amy Nelson from United States
Comment 14 of 188, added on February 16th, 2005 at 12:01 PM.

this poem is really supposed to be looked at from the mouses view, you can
rearrange the poem to be spoken from the mouse itself.

Britt from United States
Comment 13 of 188, added on January 28th, 2005 at 4:50 AM.

the poem me upat does is great, i read so many poems and this just stood
out. who are we to judge who or what dies and lives. or am i reading to
much into it coz i'm a artist. poem is just great.

gemma from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 188, added on January 19th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

sometimes nothing is said, that is exactly what he wants to bring accross,
we stare passively, whilst doing nothing. we are essentially all poison, we
like to stare at the death of others, not realizing we are dying too.

amana from South Africa
Comment 11 of 188, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 12:08 PM.

cummings has been my favorite poet since I was about 7 and I have his
complete works but have just recently discovered this poem. It affected me
a lot. I have been a vegetarian all my life and may have a particular
sensitivity toward animals, but this poem made me think of pests, and of
animals people eat, and of social classes. It seems to me that if we can
keep this poem in mind at all times and live by it, we can be truly
sensitive souls. There are people starving and people stealing and people
we look down on who are the lower classes of society but ultimately we all
want the same things: to survive, and the best for our offspring. When it
comes down to survival every person is equal, we all want the same things.

Sarah from United States
Comment 10 of 188, added on December 30th, 2004 at 10:43 PM.

My interpretation would be that in the face of death we never exactly know
what to do... no matter what life form it is... in this case a mouse

David from United States
Comment 9 of 188, added on December 1st, 2004 at 1:28 AM.

acid wasnt discovered till after he wrote this and he was pretty old.

bill from Chile

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