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Comment 11 of 71, added on February 12th, 2006 at 10:43 PM.
Just a few clues. Plays with the bigness of his littleness is a clear
reference to masterbation and is used to mock the ultraomnipotent feeling
mankind. Curving wherewhen seems a reference to Einstein's curving
space-time. The razor blade could be a reference to an old shick (?)
commercial using the electron microscope to magnify the edge of their blade
and brand x after ten shaves. Brand x appeared as a mountainrange indeed,
shick as foothills at a distance. Can't believe people are puzzled by the
references to nature--a world of born is not a world of made--pity poor
stars and trees. . .etc. Nature is better at creation than we are and we
are victimizing nature and destroying it in our quest for advancement.
Great Site by the way. I may require my students to start using it.
Andy from United States
Comment 10 of 71, added on January 18th, 2006 at 1:47 AM.
I don`t get the whole poem
Comment 9 of 71, added on October 24th, 2005 at 6:01 PM.
i dont get the part about the electrons...
Comment 8 of 71, added on September 21st, 2005 at 9:05 AM.
I don't get the part where he talks about trees,stars and stones.
KT from United States
Comment 7 of 71, added on September 14th, 2005 at 4:06 PM.
i was told that this poem relates to science and i am trying to figure out
how if you know of anyway this poem connects to science i would like to noe
from United States
Comment 6 of 71, added on August 24th, 2005 at 3:18 AM.
The poem talks about the relationship between human and technology in the
modern world. Human is cruel creature who takes everything for granted. He
is trapped by the rapid development of technology and by its benefits
regardless its negative effects. Moreover, through the progress he thinks
he has superiority over the world but he actually is not that significant,
just a tiny element of the universe. Human beings have perceived themselves
as the supreme creature that is better that the others. The disillusion of
the modern world has thrived along with artificial invention which replaced
nature. The crooked perception of human is in crisis. What human wants to
do is to explore another good place.
We should concentrate on the writer’s attitude toward the society which is
in many ways greatly affecting the theme of the poetry. Cummings is against
the industrialization, materialism, capitalism in the contemporary world.
He sees them as man-made artificial circumstances which have gradually
eroded human spirit and natural things. He is fully aware of the
destructive power contributed by the human development in materialistic
side so he conveys the idea to the reader.
The nasty aspect they exploit the progress is that human beings celebrate
themselves to be the most unsurpassed in the world. They are proud on their
capability in the invention of facilities regardless focus both on its bad
and good sides. For instance, the country’s military defense could instruct
the sense of power which makes the nation at ease with affairs of state or
becomes a superpower but could be a disease because it has inhuman impacts
on the human race as we can see in the wars which were the important
merciless events in history. Consequently, the race is being consuming by
its own creation more and more sometimes without any awareness. Eventually,
man may be damaged by his hand.
In addition, human beings have to lost many natural qualities to exchange
with the improvement. Nowadays, they become addicted to the rapid growth of
the progress and here come problems. This is because when they rely on the
development then they have lost a sense to survive without it like a
machine has reduced inherited human skill and labor. The general example
found everywhere is the widespread use of the Internet, a kind of
easy-to-use devices smartly invented by human. This system of connected
computers allows users around the world to exchange information about
almost everything. However, as everything this convenient access brings
about harm as well such as the obsession on computers or sources of
destruction of misfortune as online gambling or naked websites which
eventually cause the crime.
Man could right now realize everything they have been doing before it is
too late. But what does such a creature who has such twisted insights can
deal with? The best method might have to be given by all the races.
Probably, most awful, there is no any definite solution to the problem
since the case is hopeless.
Comment 5 of 71, added on August 19th, 2005 at 1:51 PM.
I think Life and death lying safely beyond, is how progress can not effect
life or death, because we will still die, and for death to occur we need
The line about magnifying humanity to actually seem more important then we
are...a sharp razor blade, that when examined closer is just a bunch of
Cummings was an absolute genius.
And the last line revealing it from the viewpoint of a higher being..
Who give up on humanities self destructive path of progress, is almost
Comment 4 of 71, added on July 12th, 2005 at 11:06 AM.
"your victim (death and life safely beyond)" perhaps this means that
humanity may do whatever it wants as there is a "promise" of life beyond
death, perhaps this is a mockery of Christianity's promise and man's
"throwing away" life on earth as it were, to sin heedlessly, as long as
they say the right prayers and reach Heaven in the end. Like Bob Marley
would say ""your victim (death and life safely beyond)" But if you know
what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth"
ConqueringId from United States
Comment 3 of 71, added on May 25th, 2005 at 4:33 PM.
i was wondering if anyone could help me out with the line that goes: "your
victim (death and life safely beyond)"
im writing a paper on Cummings' misanthropic moods and this poem works well
with my thesis..... but that line just flies over my head.
Comment 2 of 71, added on May 17th, 2005 at 8:12 AM.
i love this poem. there is a wonderful challenge in this poem of human
desperation to claim what they can not understand. nature. and the hurried
unappreciative pace of human demand. not only that but the 'hypermagical'
and 'ultraomnipotence' that is man. nice bit of mockery that is oh so very
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