Comment 10 of 10, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:17 AM.
In this poem by Edward Estlin Cummings, who hails from the esteemed city of
Cambridge Massachusetts, the average reader could be left somewhat
disturbed. Cummings tended to bend the normal views of common English
Syntax and Typography, creating his own style of how a poem should look.
He'd often use his works to challenge the upper class and denounce elitism,
while at the same time beliveing in strict, unadulterated artistic
individualism. He was actually imprisioned on charges of espionage as a
younger man, after serving in the military as a volunteer ambulance
assistant in WWI. Many belive that he drew upon his experiences there upon
publishing "Tulips & Chimneys" (1922), and he was said to have died
thinking, "When skies are huyng and oceans drowned... the single secret
will still be man."
Nick Johnson from United States
Comment 9 of 10, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:44 AM.
E.E. Cummings was a kind of person who lived life as it came and that's
what this poem stands for. "You shall above all things young" even though
E.E. Cummings went to jail he lived life by traveling a lot.
Diana Garcia from United States
Comment 8 of 10, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:52 AM.
In E.E. Cumming’s poem “you shall, above all things” you are exposed to
many of his signatures and unique sense of style. While E.E. Cumming was
attending college at Harvard and while free verse was becoming a major new
influence, he found the guidelines that allowed him to experiment and break
old rules of poetry. His improper use of punctuation and grammar is his
trademark and is what allows his poetry to stick out more than the rest.
E.E. Cumming is also well known for his use of imagery and metaphors. Like
Emily Dickinson he also did not title his poems and the first line of his
poems became the title. However Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cumming are very
different due to their styles of writing. Emily Dickinson wrote with a
strong rhyme scheme and meter as E.E. Cumming wrote in free verse.
Sarah Landry from United States
Comment 7 of 10, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:45 PM.
Through my own analysis, in the poem "you shall above all things" by E.E.
Cummings, an optimistic poet who had encouragements from his family.
I understand that life is how a person lives it and appreciate it for what
worth. It foreshadows how people learn to do things on their own way and
decide for themselves and under God's
power they shall receive mercy. He somewhat said that life is all about
learning experiences and
I think E.E. Cummings had a good opinion on it.
Shiermaine Francisco from United States
Comment 6 of 10, added on May 6th, 2009 at 8:57 PM.
In this poem, "you shall above all things," talks about how even though
things turn out bad, people should always think or take things the positive
way. Cummings is known for his unique style in writing poetry. In this
lines, "it will become you;and if you are glad whatever's living will
yourself become" (Cummings 3-4). He talks about how people should try to be
the best person they could be because who ever you are right now could be
the persom you will become when you grow old.
Tiwi Mamahit from United States
Comment 5 of 10, added on May 6th, 2009 at 2:22 AM.
Many of e.e. cummings' poems are written as sonnets or having a structure
of 14 lines like this poem "you shall above all things". His poetry is
usually about love, nature, and people views of the world. cummings is
known for his unique style in writing poetry. He uses punctuations and
words that wouldn't normally fit well in a sentence and put them together
making his poems hard to understand. He does this so the meaning and the
emotions in his works are clearer. He could be compared to Emily Dickinson,
a poet who lived a decade before him. Both of their works are similar for
having the first line as their title because they didn't make titles for
their poems and they both used unfamiliar punctuation and rhyme scheme.
However, unlike Dickinson, cummings is more optimistic about his views of
life and he received support for writing from his family as opposed to
Dickinson that was troubled by deaths of people that were close to her.
Sunshine Salac from United States
Comment 4 of 10, added on May 6th, 2009 at 7:59 AM.
From a young age, e.e. cummings was encouraged to develop his extraordinary
skills in poetry. His early encouragement could have been the cause of his
unique style. e.e cummings never used capital letters in any of his poems,
something he his highly recognized by. He was also known for his witty
poems; this one talks about how the youth should take advantage of the
great knowledge and time given to them.
Magali Palma from United States
Comment 3 of 10, added on May 5th, 2009 at 2:42 AM.
In the poem You Shall Above All things, E.E. Cummings discusses how
important it is to be postive and glad because it is who you will become
and what you will become. What you illuminate in life is how others will
percieve you in live and love. Cumming's uses imagery so well by saying
learning from one bird how to sing is so much better than teaching ten
thousand stars how not to dance. It's better to make one person happy in
life than ten thousand sad.
Ashley Engeln from United States
Comment 2 of 10, added on April 11th, 2006 at 3:55 PM.
i love e.e. cummings. he so brilliantly muddles his words and plays with
grammar (oh my god "warped this parhapsy"...) but this one is particulalry
uplifting. not in the way the post above says, but i think more in the
always profound be-true-to-thineself-and-happiness-will-find-you-way...
"FOR IF YOURE YOUNG, WHATEVER LIFE YOU WEAR WILL BECOME YOU; AND IF YOU ARE
GLAD WHATEVERS LIVING WILL YOURSELF BECOME."
this poem changes its meaning to me still, and i dont have it figured out,
but i think it makes me remember to just be happy contained in my own
little self and everything else will follow suit. when i read this i feel a
smile; afterall, be happy and sing, or wallow in pleasing everyone but
yourself and find yourself in the company of misery.
chaney from United States
Comment 1 of 10, added on May 16th, 2005 at 2:23 AM.
There is a trend of Pantheism in the poem. The god LIFE, penetrates
everything. A positive karma coming back to you when you approach life in a
An immense joy of living.
The theme of love that takes one beyond space and time.
The imagery of birds singing, stars dancing - are transcending elements
that give the poem an universal feeling.
One of my favorite poems.
liana pehrsson-berindei from Denmark