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Analysis and comments on my sweet old etcetera... (X) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 11 of 26, added on December 31st, 2008 at 11:34 AM.

I read somewhere the cummings doesn't like to have his poems interpreted
too heavily.. For me, etcetra suggest that everything is just
inconsequential, everyone is blabbering about what the war is supposed to
be, and all he can think about is daydreaming about "your etcetra"

Its kind of a sweet innocent poem.. there is a war going on and all but he
is just a teenager... all he is thinking about is his girl and how his
family is a constant nuisance.

Jason
Comment 10 of 26, added on April 21st, 2007 at 11:31 PM.

the soldier is in the middle of combat dying and etcetra is every time the
soldier starts to pass out from dying hence the subject change

Riley Gallagher from United States
Comment 9 of 26, added on December 26th, 2006 at 4:44 PM.

This is plain, if not simple, satire. And the last Etcetera, referring as
it does to the vagina, is comparing the good that is sex against the evil
that is war. EEC was a man ahead of his time...

Peter from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 26, added on January 17th, 2006 at 3:29 AM.

My interpretation looking at the sound and the words and the scenario is:
1. Etcetera is the sound of detonations, interrupting his thoughts. The
last one kills him (thats why itīs written in capital letters), while
thinking about his greatest solace.
Very sorrowfull. War does not only cause fear and death, but also
disintegration of the thoughts.

Thomas Sieber from Germany
Comment 7 of 26, added on September 24th, 2005 at 8:20 PM.

does no one else see the blatant humor in the tone of this poem, especially
the last stanza? this isn't a totally serious poem... cummings forces us
(well, maybe not everyone noticed i guess) to mentally replace the last
"Etcetera" with a word of our choosing, and he's talking about body parts -
he's obviously evoking his lover's nakedness as being what the protagonist
looks forward to most.

Eddy from United States

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