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Analysis and comments on suppose... (VIII) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 3 of 51, added on February 19th, 2006 at 4:21 PM.

Suppose personifies life as an old drunkard selling flowers by a cafe where
a young careless death sits. Cummings father died in a haphazard way - and
so in many of his poems he shows how life is being wasted away. The flowers
symbolize time, and how death always has money to buy it away from us.
(This is also explained in the last line where a slender flower looking
'afterwards' is sitting by death.

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Comment 2 of 51, added on October 21st, 2005 at 7:09 AM.

Aaight guys heres my analyzation on Suppose

In cumming’s poem “suppose…” life and death are personified as people in a
café. In the beginning “Life is an old man carrying flowers on his head.”
The flowers probably represent the extravagancies that life has to offer.
However, death wants to buy the flowers from Life. Cummings then talks to
his audience in the poem, “i say, ‘will he buy flowers’ to you…” He than
says to the audience that Life is three thirds asleep that cries to nobody
about, “something about les roses les bluets.” Translated from French, this
means that Life cries about the pinks and the blues. These colors are
probably those of flowers, which also means that Life cries because death
wants to buy its flowers. The last passage is possibly the most important
and beautiful, “there is a lady, whose name is Afterwards / she is sitting
beside young death, is slender; likes flowers.” This puts a new spin on the
poem; instead of death taking all of the joys, or flowers, away from life,
death is buying them for Afterwards, who represents heaven, or an
afterlife. Death is transferring bliss and joy from life to afterlife.

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