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

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Comment 43 of 433, added on September 4th, 2007 at 11:57 PM.

i believe that the last two verses :
"we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis"
i think he means that we shouldnt take life so by the book. we need to
actually live to die. and in terms of love, i believe he means that death
doesnt stop love, it can't conquer it. it only delays it for some time. we
should rejoice in the time we're given to spend with each other, but not
mourn the passing of those around us as lost. just delayed.

Megan from United States
Comment 42 of 433, added on May 7th, 2007 at 10:02 PM.

When I read this poem I was really awasome about it, it is beautiful! and I
really enjoyed it. I feel really connected with this poem.

Roxana from Guatemala
Comment 41 of 433, added on April 12th, 2007 at 6:09 PM.

So this poem is absolutely amazing. I'm not good at interpreting poems and
the meaning of them or anything like that, but the first time i read this i
was moved. He is def. on my list of fav poets now. I personally think ti
can be read both ways though, not just from top - bottom or bottom - top.
But that's just me.

Amber from United States
Comment 40 of 433, added on February 5th, 2007 at 1:19 PM.

this poem has a very meaningfull feeling flowing along with it and thats
what i like about poems they have to have meaning and they have to make the
writter get a picture in there head of what ever it is that they are

Tasha Taylor from United States
Comment 39 of 433, added on January 15th, 2007 at 12:06 AM.

possibly my favorite e.e. cummings poem.

lucia from United States
Comment 38 of 433, added on December 14th, 2006 at 12:30 PM.

It is interesting read bottom to top, especially the first few lines. I
believe it can also be interpreted top to bottom though. I find it
interesting that he appears to be calling his love "Spring" as in when love
is in the air, his whole body approves (even if his mind does not making
him a fool). Then, he swears by all flowers which could be interpreted as
swearing by his love and all things that make up his love. I think he is
saying that love is firstmost felt and by trying to define it with words,
you never wholly grasp it. He is saying you should just let yourself be a
fool and accept love as it is in its innocence. I love Cummings. You pick
up on new things each time you read his poetry.

Sarah from United States
Comment 37 of 433, added on April 26th, 2006 at 8:54 AM.

I think that the last line means that even when a writer dies he is not
wholly dead because of his writing.

Katie from United States
Comment 36 of 433, added on April 25th, 2006 at 10:19 PM.

This poem shows how syntax is not tantamount to semantics.. perhaps
cummings is gesturing towards why he breaks the rules of syntax in all his

Maria from Canada
Comment 35 of 433, 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 433, 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

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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