Comment 3 of 13, added on January 30th, 2006 at 3:29 PM.
i don't think it is religious either, i think it says that when all the
love in the world is gone, and nobody cares about eachother anymore, then
the world will fall to ruin. i think that when he says "these who perhaps
have lost their shadows" he means that our forebearers didn't know the
consequences of their actions. and when he says "out of merely not nothing
comes only one snowflake (and we speak our names" he means that our
generation can salvage the world if we can find one good leader. and by
putting the end parenthesis at the beginning of the poem he shows that this
cycle of evil turning into good is a never ending cycle.
from United States
Comment 2 of 13, added on June 5th, 2005 at 2:50 PM.
I don't think this poem necessarily has a religious meaning. It seems more
like a warning about a more industrialized world that breeds false
feelings. I think "dolls of joy and grief" represent the fake attitudes
most people feel towards a world that they do not respect. People feel a
lot more confused and disjointed in today's society which encourages people
to lose touch with each other and nature ("these perhaps who have lost
their shadows") and scorns those who succeed in doing so. I suppose this
could extend to a spiritual connection as well, and that the lack of one is
a sign of the degredation of our society.
Lane from United States
Comment 1 of 13, added on December 16th, 2004 at 5:00 PM.
This poem was very difficult for me to understand at first, but then once i
started to realize certain parts a lot of it came together. I saw as I was
going through this poem with my 11th grade English teacher that no one had
posted any comments about this poem and i was glad that i could be the
first. This poem is about, to me, Judgement day and Armageddon. In the last
line of the poem it speaks of only one snowflake. In real life every
snowflake is different and in this poem i believe that this snowflake is a
representation for God. I believe that God took the form of a snowflake in
this poem because of the background of e.e.cummings. He grew up with his
father being a unitarian miniester, and himself growing up Unitarian. This
also gave the poem such a religious feel. After that my teacher and i
started analyzing it more and we got the sense that it was about Judgement
day, becuase up until the last line it is silent, until they speak their
names after the snowflake comes down. Another clue that really secured that
it was about Judgement day and Armagedeon is that fact about the signifance
of 16, which is at the end of the title of the poem. In the Book of
Revelations chapter 16 it talks about The Seven Bowls of God's Wrath. Each
Angel is given a bowl and destroys part of the world. But then in verse 16
of chapter 16 it states "Then they gathered the Kings together to the place
that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. So that is basically what the poem is
about, and if you guys think that you have any other good insight feel free
to email me. Thanks.
from United States
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