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Comment 10 of 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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

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