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Analysis and comments on my mind is... (XXV) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 3 of 23, added on April 12th, 2006 at 4:02 PM.

cummings is confronting the tabula rasa theory of human nature -- that we
are nothing but what sensory experience shapes us to be ...

so (he tell us) the mind is nothing but a "big hunk of irrevocable nothing"
that the five senses carve away at like "sensual chisels."

Despite the influence of environment, though, the poet is somehow able to
some influence on the process: "i slightly am something different, in
fact, myself."

While perhaps helpless before the environmental forces that shape us, we
still perhaps have the freedom of art -- especially of strange and curious
beauty like cummings' poetry. Despite being "helpless," he utters "lilac
shrieks" and "scarlet bellowings."

Quite possibly when cummings was writing, it was difficult to challenge the
Standard Social Science model -- that humans are infinitely malleable,
shaped by their social and physical environment. This poem is suggesting
that while that may be true, there is realm of imagination -- of song --
that is perhaps free.



John from United States
Comment 2 of 23, added on August 12th, 2005 at 8:31 PM.

could someone tell me a little bit more about what exactly this poem is
meant to mean?

Rose from Australia
Comment 1 of 23, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 12:36 PM.

This poem is great because it is about the constancey of evolving into
ourselves.

Beautiful.

Amy from United States

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