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Analysis and comments on what if a much of a which of a wind... (XX) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 19 of 299, added on February 16th, 2010 at 6:29 PM.
tone

what would the tone of this poem be?

michelene from United States
Comment 18 of 299, added on April 14th, 2008 at 8:12 PM.

lyricism and violent images juxtaposed. but the optimist that ee cummings
was comes through in the lines

-whose hearts are mountains, roots are trees,
it's they shall cry hello to the spring

I agree that this is cummings reaction to the war when all was turned
upside down and the world lost its soul -

Andrea from United States
Comment 17 of 299, added on October 27th, 2007 at 8:30 AM.

To me it's a rumination--What if everything we believe to be true is
actually a lie? And I mean everything like our concept of reality. (one
thing that has irked me tecnically about the poem is the line "Blow King to
begger and Queen to seem" It makes more sense to say 'seam' instead of
'seem')

Lil Gibson from United States
Comment 16 of 299, added on April 19th, 2007 at 7:12 PM.

This poem is ultimately about the destruction of the world - a third World
War. Technology, usually thought of as beneficial to mankind, slowly
destroying the society it was meant to help improve. "screaming hills with
sleet and snow" and a wind that "strangles valleys by ropes of things" is a
detailed description of the destruction caused by the incendiary raids used
in WWII. "the most who die (Germans and Japanese) the mroe we live"
(Americans). Cummings uses inverted sentence structure to create a scene of
chaos - the same felt in a city or town that has just been air raided. This
poem was after all written in 1944...

Audrey from United States
Comment 15 of 299, added on January 2nd, 2007 at 3:29 AM.

this poem made me see the possibility of another dimension;an image of a
mirrored existence of our existence as we know it in this dimension;taking
reality as we know it and litteraly turning it inside out. amazing,
brilliant, adrenalin rush max!

Kathy from United States
Comment 14 of 299, added on December 27th, 2006 at 12:56 PM.

I have always love this poem and have never forgotten the first line. I
love ee cummings in general. I too don't like using capital letters!

Anne Sexton from United States
Comment 13 of 299, added on May 29th, 2006 at 12:31 AM.

what if a much of a which of a wind

what if a much of a which of a wind
gives the truth to summer's lie;
bloodies with dizzying leaves the sun
and yanks immortal stars awry?
Blow king to beggar and queen to seem
(blow friend to fiend: blow space to time)
-when skies are hanged and oceans drowned,
the single secret will still be man

what if a keen of a lean wind flays
screaming hills with sleet and snow:
strangles valleys by ropes of thing
and stifles forests in white ago?
Blow hope to terror; blow seeing to blind
(blow pity to envy and soul to mind)
-whose hearts are mountains, roots are trees,
it's they shall cry hello to the spring

what if a dawn of a doom of a dream
bites this universe in two,
peels forever out of his grave
and sprinkles nowhere with me and you?
Blow soon to never and never to twice
(blow life to isn't; blow death to was)
-all nothing's only our hugest home;
the most who die, the more we live

-- e. e. cummings

Sheri
Comment 12 of 299, added on February 16th, 2006 at 3:42 PM.

Could someone please write the complete poem on this site or send it to me?
I would love to have it written because I just heard it a few days ago but
I canīt find it anywhere and I ordered the book but it takes a while to get
here. Thanks

Rebeca from Mexico
Comment 11 of 299, added on February 8th, 2006 at 11:15 PM.

I really liked this poem because it really showed how "liberal" he really
was. If you notice their are colins, semicolins, and capitolization that is
not right. He was really able to express how he did not care what the
"rules" were. If thats how he wanted to write it, then why couldn't he.
And because of his "liberal-niss", he is one of the best known writers of
history.

Jackie from United States
Comment 10 of 299, added on January 10th, 2006 at 6:21 AM.

THose were........completely okay. I mean don't get me wrong I liked them,
they just didn't have that umpf. Ya know?

Rebecca from Canada

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