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Analysis and comments on she being Brand... (XIX) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 16 of 96, added on November 11th, 2008 at 7:46 AM.

I seriously doubt this has got anything to do with his father's car
accident. Yes it features a car and yes, it was written in 1926; that's in
no way conclusive proof that the poem and the accident have anything to do
with each other.

jane from Australia
Comment 15 of 96, added on October 28th, 2008 at 4:51 PM.

E.E. Cummings' father was killed in a road accident in 1926.

... a locomotive cut the car in half, killing my father instantly. When two
brakemen jumped from the halted train, they saw a woman standing dazed
but erect beside a mangled machine; with blood spouting (as the older
said to me) out of her head. One of her hands (the younger added) kept
feeling her dress, as if trying to discover why it was wet. These men took
my sixty-six year old mother by the arms and tried to lead her toward a
nearby farmhouse; but she threw them off, strode straight to my father's
body, and directed a group of scared spectators to cover him. When this had
been done (and only then) she let them lead her away.

Although I can see how people see this as a metaphor for sex (can't deny
it's what I thought...wasn't there a Led Zep song that used that metaphor?)
in light of this information and the date published, it's pretty obvious
what this poem was about.

David from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 96, added on February 21st, 2008 at 9:30 AM.

this poem is amazing, we analyzed it it my junior ap english class, we
loved it, it has the perfect amount of secrecy, but gives you a taste of
how his mind works. total genious!!

Sapphie from United States
Comment 13 of 96, added on April 26th, 2006 at 3:03 PM.

well i must say the title of the poem "may i feel said he" was great at
some point. Cummings comparing sex to a driving a car what more can I
say..sexually charged indeed..

Rita Seniyasi from Fiji
Comment 12 of 96, added on February 6th, 2006 at 4:34 PM.

lane, i believe the "we" is simply referring to the narrator and the girl.

Becki from United States
Comment 11 of 96, added on November 18th, 2005 at 9:39 PM.

one of my favorite cummings poems... taking the virginity of a girl is
compared to driving a new car; the exhiliration, the uncertainty, not
knowing exactly what to do... also, i wonder who the "we" is.

lane richardson from United States
Comment 10 of 96, added on August 28th, 2005 at 7:11 PM.

One of my AP English students once handed this to me and stood there
grinning while I read it. Dumb me, I failed to see what she was grinning
about for a while. Then the light came on--boy, was I embarrassed. I used
to do Yeats' Leda and the Swan with my class and practically had to draw
them a diagram, so now the shoe was on the other foot.

Ike from United States
Comment 9 of 96, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 9:24 PM.

i liked this poem and thought it would be great to do a paper on it. now i
have screwed myself b/c i dont know how to analyze any poem. i just need
RHYME. HELP!!!!!!! This is due on Monday morning in my first block
class. SOMEONE HELP!!!!!!!!!

Amelda from United States
Comment 8 of 96, added on April 13th, 2005 at 5:03 PM.

Re the movie, I know it was quoted in "PLain Clothes", a great little
sleeper movie that I rent every couple of years. The 25-year old police
officer who is undercover in a high school reads the poem as an example of
a metaphor, and blows the teenage students, and the 25 yr old teacher babe,
away. Well worth a rental.

George Pinckney from United States
Comment 7 of 96, added on March 20th, 2005 at 4:12 PM.

the poem was written in 1926 (that is the date i got from my instuctor

gina from United States

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