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Comment 13 of 303, 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

Comment 12 of 303, 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 303, 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

Jackie from United States
Comment 10 of 303, 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
Comment 9 of 303, added on September 7th, 2005 at 8:47 PM.

Okay- so this is my take...
ee cummings is totally predicting the future. Its kind of dark and almost
pesimistic the first time through but after you read it like 20 times- you
see where he was going with it.Lines 9-12 relate back to the secret that is
man. The screaming hills arent hills at all- but a human. (Picture human
anatomy for a moment) "strangles valleys by ropes of things" instestines,
veins, ligaments?? line 15- " whose heartts are mountain, roots are trees-
Talking about the strong people who could survuve a much of a which of a
wind. "what if a dawn of a doom of a dream"- thats the beginning of a great
and terrible end. "and sprinkles nowhere you and me"- when its all over we
will be nothing and belong nowhere
I dont really know what to say about the last 2 lines- I dont know what to
make of them..????

Comment 8 of 303, added on August 28th, 2005 at 12:29 AM.

Hint: The wind symbolizes time.

Comment 7 of 303, added on June 16th, 2005 at 2:40 PM.

no matter what you must know that nothing will live forever despite how it
seems, that is the truth behind summers lie, in summer every thing looks
alive and it seems that it will stay that way

nick from United States
Comment 6 of 303, added on May 13th, 2005 at 10:11 AM.

This is a poem that defentaly deals with the experience,fear, and hardships
of living in a World War type of envirnment. One question I am not sure of
is if Cummings tone is positive or negative. The first read through it
seems negative and depressing, however the more you analize the poem it
seems to be positive while mantaning a negative outlook on what Must Come
To Be, "The End Of The World"

jerv from United States
Comment 5 of 303, added on May 10th, 2005 at 10:33 PM.

Each line of this poem can be broken down to have something to do with the
atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Carefully examine it. Take the lines "Blow soon to never; blow never to
twice/ Blow life to isn't; blow death to was" for example: the explosion of
the atomic bomb firstly indefinitely postponed the invasion of Japan,
secondly made mass killing a reality twice, thirdly ended the life of many
Japanese, and fourthly saved the lives of thousands of Americans.

William from United States
Comment 4 of 303, added on May 10th, 2005 at 6:28 AM.

I take it as a commentary on the inherent evil of mankind, maybe its
duality. It seems he is asking what if all this insanity is happening all
around us. All of these polar opposites are unraveling; the single secret
will still be man. Man does and undoes his existence, the most who die the
more we live. We must destroy to survive. It is incredibly ironic that
the sound of the poem is so perfect and rolls off the tongue with such
just my 2 cynical cents

MIke from United States

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