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Analysis and comments on Thy fingers make early flowers of... (IV) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 8 of 78, added on March 7th, 2012 at 4:48 PM.

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Comment 7 of 78, added on October 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 6 of 78, added on April 5th, 2011 at 6:06 PM.

You all have it wrong. Its about promiscuity. love be a day, for which girl
art thou flowers bringing... Hes saying that even though their love is just
for the day, she is so beautiful and amazing that for that one day he truly
loves her.

Matt from United States
Comment 5 of 78, added on February 19th, 2007 at 4:37 PM.

I disagree with Jeff as well. Cummings is one of my favorite poets
precisely because he breaks out of traditional form and syntax. I will
admit that sometimes I think he takes his nonform too far, but usually, he
seems to have good reason for abusing the rules of English grammar. I
direct your attention to his poem "since feeling is first" which might
explain why he often breaks away from our imposed and artificial rules of
organization. E. E. Cummings is making the point that feelings are more
real and important than strict, artificial human rules. Love often breaks
the rules of human propriety, and thus, Cummings focuses on the feeling of
the poem rather than the artificially-imposed "proper" structure. This
particular poem, "Thy fingers make early flowers of," I think speaks again
about love (or, more specifically, beauty) and its immortality. No matter
how short life or love is ("though love be a day and life be nothing"),
beauty lasts in love. This girl is perfect in the narrator's eyes and will
always be so (notice that "Always" is one of the few capitalized words in
the poem). The poem simply praises different parts of the girl (fingers,
hair, feet, eyes, lips) which all remind the narrator of Spring, love, and
happiness. There is a lot more to analyze about this poem, but I will leave
the rest to interpretation. If you are more interested in stricter form, E.
E. Cummings wrote a number of sonnets published in his book Tulips and
Chimneys, so if you are honestly interested in understanding Cummings, I
urge you to start with them. I also urge you not to immediately write off a
poem as bad just because you don't understand it right away. First, try
reading the poem quickly and see what general feeling you get from it.
Then, try picking the poem apart, attempting to understand it phrase by
phrase, and that may help you with the overall meaning. This poem is not
simply a random jumble of words, so do not dismiss it as such without
attempting to understand it. It also has plot, tone, attitude, and
imagination, if you look well enough, and its lack of syntax was a
conscious choice by the author to emphasize a point. Please explore more of
Cummings if you think he writes only nonsense and perhaps you will begin to
understand more of where he is coming from.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 4 of 78, added on February 8th, 2006 at 9:37 AM.

i disagree with you as well jEFF bUt i will take your advice and check out
the other poetry to broaden my horizons. instead of being like some
*cough,you cough* thanks

Daniel Clarke from United States
Comment 3 of 78, added on February 14th, 2005 at 4:27 PM.

I believe you are wrong, Mr. Jeff, the Buffalo Bill poem is one of my all
time favorites. You ,however, must be reading it wrong because it makes
perfectly sence to me.

Kat from United States
Comment 2 of 78, added on November 29th, 2004 at 4:15 PM.

Unlike what the other comment reads I love this poem and think it is one of
the more beautiful poems ever written by anyone. You have to remember that
e e didn't write "traditional" poetry. It's more about what images he can
conjure up as you read it. Not plot or syntax or whatever. Just like other
writers in the early 20th century. They were bored with rhyming just to fit
a pattern or counting sylibles to know when a line should end.

Dennis from United States
Comment 1 of 78, added on November 18th, 2004 at 10:53 PM.

This poem makes absolutely no sense what so ever and I donít know how
anyone considers this poetry. If this is poetry then I could basically
ramble any words I want on a piece of paper in any order I want and call it
a poem. If this is poetry then my 7 year old son is a master poet because
he can write a bunch of words on paper that make absolutely no sense. I've
read a lot of Cummings poem (in just, O sweet spontaneous, Buffalo Bill's)
and many others just because I had to see how stupid they were. They are
all jumbled up words in no particular order with a couple Thy's and Thou's
in them to make them sound like Shakespeare. If you want to read some good
poems I recommend looking up Theodore Roethke or Sylvia Plath. Sylvia Plath
has an excellent poem called Lady Lazarus. Now this poem is pure poetry, it
has plot, tone, attitude, imagination and syntax all the good things that
make up good poetry.

This comment is only my views and opinions of E.E. Cummings poetry; if
anyone has questions or comments for me feel free to email me at
jefffogel1974@hotmail.com I will answer every email good or bad.


Jeff Fogel from United States

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