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Analysis and comments on n(o)w... by e.e. cummings

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Comment 9 of 29, added on May 18th, 2011 at 2:47 PM.
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Comment 8 of 29, added on October 17th, 2009 at 4:08 PM.

Well, I'm a bit late to answer to this topic, but anyway better late than
never (LOL)
Just wanted to add a short word about semiotics in this poem.
the O of n(o)w between brackets is a graphic representation of the world. O
= circle = history (repetition) but O = roundness = earth. It's here a
graphic representation of the world. The space in Cummings is not limited
to the border of the page but he uses it as a means to recreate a new
written world (poempictures as he called his poems -> space is essential).

Moreover, he belongs to the what is known as the 'lost generation' of
poets, those who had been so shaken by WW1 that their only means of
creation was destruction. -> hence agrammaticality / syntactic games /

The untimely use of capital letters and small letters in words such as
THuNdeR creates an imitative symphony : the word visualy represents the
musical scheme of thunder.

Cummings said that everybody can know or believe or think, but only a poet
can feel.
The idiosyncratic language of Cummings is a way to recreate the world from
its destruction. The poem is far from every linguistic expectation or norm
: this implies a slowing down of reading -> through this slowing down, the
reader lose even his pimitive knowledge of writing and reading and has to
find the words within the poem by himself(search for meaning). -> he is
thus involved in the writing process and in the poetic process as well/ he
becomes a writer, a poet and is thus enabled to feel ! -> Transandantal
value of the poem. An experiment : the poem is constantly recreated each
time it is read -> Impression (from the outside world to the self) and
Expression (from the self to the outside world).
See also Ideogrammatic structure, Saussurian theories on the arbitrariness
of the sign and Cratylus theories on language.
I hope it'll be of some help for anyone interested in Cummings's poetry.
Have a nice day :) Ben.

Ben from France
Comment 7 of 29, added on October 3rd, 2007 at 5:08 PM.


mason from United States
Comment 6 of 29, added on September 14th, 2007 at 12:06 PM.

This is a great tutorial thanks!o

alex from United States
Comment 5 of 29, added on August 3rd, 2007 at 8:28 AM.

Thanks a bunch!o

Tim from United States
Comment 4 of 29, added on July 26th, 2007 at 9:16 AM.


Hillari from United States
Comment 3 of 29, added on October 25th, 2005 at 8:50 PM.

I believe he spoke(or wrote) of history, and of howit repeats and reacts to
and constantly mends itself and him (it helped him through his life)

Elise from Canada
Comment 2 of 29, added on May 31st, 2005 at 8:40 PM.

i am so confused... i am using this poem for an english project but i dont
know what it means.. i cant even understand it...

Comment 1 of 29, added on December 21st, 2004 at 2:03 PM.

This poem is quite challenging. anyone have any ideas? other than it
being autobiographical and a discussion of the speaker's intrigue with a
miraculous universe?

LadyO from United States

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