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Comment 20 of 313, added on October 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

could someone write the background and complete summary of this poem and
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kapihrii from India
Comment 19 of 313, 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 313, 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 313, 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 313, 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 313, 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 313, 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

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