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Analysis and comments on since feeling is first... (VII) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 35 of 415, added on April 11th, 2006 at 9:12 PM.

Read it from the last line up, then it is a good poem. I think that it is
meant to be read bottom to top. Correct me if I am wrong

Lacy from United States
Comment 34 of 415, added on March 30th, 2006 at 11:24 PM.

when I read the poem for the very first time, I had goose bumps! I could
feel my blood stirred... It's a poem of love and maybe its also about
taking love easily but to me there lies a subtle poignant beauty which is
quite inexplicable. I could find the sad and painful part of love reading
this poem and literally I cried... because I felt that lovers been
described here in this poem can never really belong to one another entirely
for cruel reality...

Parama from Bangladesh
Comment 33 of 415, added on March 12th, 2006 at 7:57 PM.

This poem is about love, and how it determines what we do in life. The poem
expresses on how we should follow our heart and emotions, before our mind
and thoughts. The poem shows the beauty of love, and how it shows in life,
and that life has no limits. On the other hand, in the last line, Cummings
mentions death, and how itís no parenthesis in love, and that love
continues forever.

Jose from Guatemala
Comment 32 of 415, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:29 PM.

this poem is highlighting the fact that everyone needs love in their lives
and until they have that, there isn't all that much else in life. because
life is represented as a formality and even though many of us consider
death to be the end, ee cummings sees it as a beginning.

todd from Australia
Comment 31 of 415, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:29 PM.

I feel this poem about a confusion which all people poetic at heart or in
love face in day-to-day life.The constant fight of mind over heart.The poet
expresess how falling in love and leaving practical life behind is foolish
but his blood approves of it.for him the value of kissess is more than
money and indeed it is true.Feelings definately come first and often cannot
be expressede.A single moment of love,being with your loved one is more
special than anything else in the world.If this is foolishness than I am a
fool too.

Aakriti from Australia
Comment 30 of 415, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:29 PM.

I think that this poem is about the state of ecstacy experienced when
you're falling in love or are in love. The way that little things are so
unimportant when the feeling of a person is involved. When you love someone
you would do anything for them no matter what the consequence and the act
of poetry is a way of expressing feelings, thoughts or words that cannot be
said any other way.

Bridey from Australia
Comment 29 of 415, added on February 11th, 2006 at 1:42 PM.

It seems that no one here knows what the last line of the poem means.

one definition of Parenthesis is: An interruption of continuity; an
interval. This is the definition that applies to the poem. The people who
said that life has no syntax and no order were right, and now that i
defined the word that seems to have given many people trouble, I think you
can figure out what the last line means. Hopefully i helped.

Joe from United States
Comment 28 of 415, added on December 9th, 2005 at 4:11 PM.

this poem is one of, if not, my favorite poems. it's just so true- feeling
should always come first. yes, all you need is love. it's weird how people
in today's world will tell you this all the time and yet focus always on
the job side of things- on the money, on the deadlines- on the syntax of
things. if it were up to me, I wouldn't pay attention to the syntax of
things, but don't we all the time? the message is so beautiful. the poem
says love is more important than anything, even wisdom. life is not a
paragraph it says, for it isn't. it has no structure, it's full of unedited
mistakes, it doesn't get lost in details, it just is. and death is no
parenthesis- death has no explanation. death is no explanation. death is
not something you can put aside and still get life. I love this poem so
much. I just wish more people in the world loved it- and lived by it.

carolina from Mexico
Comment 27 of 415, added on November 29th, 2005 at 7:38 AM.

"Since feeling is first" is a reference to man's emotional reasoning and
that this bias often overshadows the logics that are unable to love nor
make you feel truly warm and loved. The author goes on to depict that this
flawed rationality has a tendency to make one foolish ("wholly to be a
fool") "while spring is in the world" or when one is in love. Regardless,
the author's passion approves of this behaviour ("my blood approves")and he
believes that it is better to have irrationally lived and loved than to
rationally (wisdom) lived in the moment.

Moreover, the author allows himself to be engulfed by this passionate
moment of life. He declares an inability to express thoughts that are as
grand as a smidgen of what her beauty says("eyelid's flutter which says").

Finally, life is not a paragraph refers to the authors definition of life.
He does not believe that life has that much structure (control and will)
nor stands alone but rather it is an occurrence meant to be enjoyed and is
regardless. The death parenthesis is the author's reference that death is
not a beginning (open parenthesis)to an end (closed parenthesis) nor does
it give meaning to the precendent life that it extinguishes. The author
starts this stanza with "we are for each other: then laugh, leaning back in
my arms for...". This suggest that love above all is the main meaning of
their life and for life to be enjoyed they must enjoy each other and the
moment where their love occurs.

Ricky from Canada
Comment 26 of 415, added on November 10th, 2005 at 8:12 PM.

We analyzed this poem in high school and what I got from it was that he's
pretty much just saying "let's just be in love" plain and simple. he
doesn't want to analyze it because it cannot be, and he wants to be
completely engulfed in her. he doesn't want to think about problems or
issues/obstacles that they may have. there's such a carefree tone in the
"we are for each other.." stanza and with the "life is not a
paragraph...and death i think is no paranthesis" i believe that he means
that dying and living are the same thing because he has that theme in many
of his other poems. life can't be seen as a paragraph and death can't be
the grammar surrounding it's beginning and end because it is all mushed

Krista from United States

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