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Analysis and comments on pity this busy monster,manunkind... (XIV) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 5 of 65, 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
jagged edges.

Cummings was an absolute genius.

And the last line revealing it from the viewpoint of a higher being..

"We doctors..."

Who give up on humanities self destructive path of progress, is almost

Excellent poet.

Very underappreciated.

Comment 4 of 65, 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 65, 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.

ap english
Comment 2 of 65, 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

Comment 1 of 65, added on October 14th, 2004 at 7:06 PM.

You know, the best part is that all it takes to leap to the next universe
is as flip of the page.


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