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

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Comment 10 of 450, added on January 7th, 2005 at 9:06 AM.

i see this poem as a modern carpe diem

pilar cruz
Comment 9 of 450, added on December 10th, 2004 at 11:51 PM.

Just today we did an analysis of this poem in a poetry course i am taking
in my school. It's such a beautiful piece of work. It shows the importance
of love above all things, and that it's totally unpredictable and can't be
"syntaxed" or put into form. (atleast thats what i've managed to discover).
But i like all ur analysis's of it too. Just a lovely poem, and the ending
brings it to such a mysterious yet somehow complete closure thats just so
compelling. Well, yes, i'm done with this commentation now.

Jaye from United States
Comment 8 of 450, added on November 12th, 2004 at 6:14 PM.

Sorry, Krystia, but you are incorrect about the last few lines of the poem.
What Cummings means by "life is not a paragraph" is that life is not
structured. It has no complete sentences, no periods, often, no initial
purpose. One cannot write out their life and then live it as though it were
structured. Life has run-on sentences, errors, incorrect syntax and often
no puncuation. Furthermore, when Cummings ends his poem, he is saying that
death is no parenthesis. In most writing, a parenthesis is a side note, a
mere though of the author in order to help the reader into further detail
of explination. Cummings takes this ideal and says death is more than that,
death, in itself, it an event and should not merely be a side note of life.
That's what the last two lines mean, unlike your orginial opinion of living
life to the fullest. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite poems, and
Cummings does a remarkably beautiful job expressing the mere joy of love.

Amanda from United States
Comment 7 of 450, added on October 25th, 2004 at 9:39 PM.

"the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter" This is a lovely way of showing just how powerful
his love for her truly is. The most brilliant, genius thought of his is no
match simply for her "eyelids' flutter". There is no rational explanation
for this, just like the "syntax" can never be understoood because love
holds none.

Alana from United States
Comment 6 of 450, added on October 21st, 2004 at 9:31 PM.

i tink one cannot truly understand the meaning of this poem unless one has
expirenced love. Truly, love is illogical and has no reason to it. Love
confuses one at first but one must except it for if you do it is the most
wonderful expierence in the entire world.

Comment 5 of 450, added on October 19th, 2004 at 4:54 PM.

" There are certain things in which ine is unable to believe for the simple
reason that he never ceases to feel them. Things of this sort-things which
are always inside of us and in fact are us and which consequently will
never be pushed off or away where we can begin thinking about them-are no
longer things; they, and the us which they are, equals A Verb; an IS."
- E.E Cummings
follow it, believe it, apply it to this genius poem. simply emotion over
reason...i wouldn't be surprised if Cummings was even the relative
reincarnation of Rosseau.

Heidi from United States
Comment 4 of 450, added on September 17th, 2004 at 10:18 AM.

I don't agree that love should not be "over-analyzed or organized or picked
apart." Actually, I agree that a current love should not be analyzed too
much, but I don't think it should apply to love in general. As a curious
human being, I'm curious as to how love works and I'd love to learn about
its mechanisms. But that's just my opinion, and anyone is free to choose
between deconstructing love and/or just admiring love as a mysterious and
wonderful experience.

Ionel G.
Comment 3 of 450, added on September 15th, 2004 at 1:46 PM.

I first heard this poem in the 8th grade when I was about 13. It made no
sense to me then, and only a bit more to me now. But after roughly
analyzing the poem myself, I found it to mean that love is an emotion felt,
not something to be over-analyzed or organized or picked apart. And the
structure of the poem, the breaks and punctuation, go to further that, (I
think...) It's all a jumble of beautifully written words, like love is a
jumble of beautifully expressed emotions.

Comment 2 of 450, added on September 6th, 2004 at 6:00 AM.

And of course, by death is no parenthesis, it means death doesn't end at
some point so that we can live again, so live life the fullest because as
death is no parenthesis it will not close() to give us life again.

Comment 1 of 450, added on August 29th, 2004 at 10:20 AM.

First off, I'm not surprised that you don't understand. Cummings is not
the easiest poet to follow. I'm not an expert by any means of Cummings,
but it seems to me that he is of the tradition among poets who let you read
your own meaning into the words he wrote. That being said, he is still a
writer, still a poet, and his words are meant to put you in a certain frame
of mind.

Here's my reading of it. The first stanza tells us that the root of love
is the feeling and when you start to get involved in love, things may not
make much sense to your brain. "There is no syntax" or order or sense to
the way we feel. Furthermore, if you try to make sense of it, you miss out
on it--"will never wholly kiss you." Love also puts us in the frame of
mind to not care about sensibility. Cummings mostly just elaborates on
this sentiment throughout the poem, ending with the assurance that "life is
not a paragraph, and death I think is no paranthesis." In other words,
it's ok that love doesn't make sense because life isn't sensible and
orderly, and neither is death. He uses the symbol of a paragraph, or
written language, to which we are all familiar, with all its order and
rules, and contrasts that with feelings and love and life and death.

One item of note that is interesting. Right in the middle of the poem he
reveals to us his motivation for writing these words. "Dear lady...don't
cry." It seems that the woman he speaks to is upset (probably about how
insensible love is). This poem is meant to alay her fears telling her that
love, like life, is not set on rules and order and sensibility.

Greg from United States

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