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Comment 15 of 105, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 10:08 AM.

Modern literature very much places the onus of interpretation on the
reader; sometimes poems can be encypted, there to be solved like teasing
crossword puzzles. More often however, the process of decoding a poem is
simply an effort to assume the viewpoint of the poet. "SNOW" is a confusing
poem to read because it doesn't 'read'; when held up against the orthodox
poetic tradition, ee cummings' "SNOW" simply looks childish. Like "L(a" and
"in Just-", the form of the poem reminds one of the illiterate scribbling
of newly-learned letters written randomly in crayon on the page of a
kintergarten scrap book. However, on closer inspection, there is balance
within its disarrayed format. Whole words are hidden within the jumble;
they shine like beacons on a dark runway: they are not to be treated as
keys to a secret door, but nevertheless something tangible to cling on to
amid initial confusion: cruising, whisper, fully, FLUTTER, FULLY, IF, end,
begin, design, tangle, spangle, Come, go, CRINGE, WITH, lilt, of, BIRDS,
BECAUSE, AGAIN, mark, able, from, no, into, where, find, are, GLIB,
SCARCELY, AMONG, FLOWERING are the words that can be picked out whole from
the poem. If we are to work off concepts and imagery (to deduce an
‘argument’ put forward by the poem at this stage would be premature),
already antitheses present themselves. The apposition of “end” and “begin”
(in that order, a reversed chronology), the contradiction of come and go,
fully (twice) and scarcely, the incongruity of birds, flowering, fluttering
and lilting in a poem entitled “snow”.
These contradictions create another level of confusion; the poet is not
lost, but acutely aware that these opposing forces exist, that they ArE.
The broken images of the poem suggest a bewildered author who is unable to
decide which end of the spectrum to “mark” himself, if indeed one’s self is
actually “markable” on a graph: his poem is itself fluttering between two
antipodes. The form of the poem is reminiscent with falling snowflakes in
Winter; each one is different in the same way that the layout of the words
within the lines appears unique. The tone of the poem is more summary and
“flowering.” I am content to draw a conclusion of lack of identity from the
conflicts within the poem, but to picture a scene flowering winter
wonderland is odd. I will admit that e.e.cummings might be pointing towards
the fertility of his imagination in Winter, but I like the idea that the
poem is not just about SNOW, but about NOW. If ‘read’ with the poet’s (or
anyone’s) transience in mind, sense can be gained from the poem as opposed
to Boggle-esque word-spotting. We start off with the relaxed image of
“cruising”. The pace is slow, and the word is spread over three lines. The
mood descends to a rapid awareness of cyclical liminality. As soon as
something finishes, something else is designed and begun straight away
(hence the enjambed “end begi n”). The poet is repressed – the hidden “w
Hi/aper” of the first “stanza” is reaffirmed by the “s)h” of the last- from
start to finish, yet he still manages to get to the end, still manages to
put his thoughts down on paper, even if he hasn’t the courage to spell it
out for everyone to read. Yet it can be heard; by reading the poem aloud,
the apposition between gargle and fully formed words is audible. The Poet
leaves us with an un-fully formed array of sentiments so dense that it
flowers individually within the consciousness of its reader.

Charlie from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 105, added on November 12th, 2005 at 5:22 PM.

that was amazing...it was like i understood but i didnt know...instead of
reading it i felt it, who says words have to be in order to make
sense?!?!?! i think it was an inspiration...dont let bad comments bring you
down if you confident to write something like that then surely you can
ahndle critezism not that them lyrics would deserve that!

Tru Diamond from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 105, added on October 17th, 2005 at 10:08 PM.

What are u tryin' to say?I like the other 1's,but I don't understand this
1.Its like if u did it fast and put whatever.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!(Hey!
I'm not telling u 2 stop writing poems).

Cynthia from United States
Comment 12 of 105, added on August 31st, 2005 at 2:04 AM.

i like cummings poems. they are always fascinating. i've got a feeling that
it is snowing though i cannot make any sense from the words in this poem
"snow". that's ok, right? does anybody could tell me how to put the words
in a reasonable order? i believe there exists one.

kelley from China
Comment 11 of 105, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 2:47 AM.

Daes any one know what that was about? it'is just a whole buch of letters.

john from Australia
Comment 10 of 105, added on April 16th, 2005 at 9:57 AM.

Cummings seems to always unententionally bind the reader into trying to
figure out his poety. But I believe it is not meant to be figured or read
in a way that YOU are "making up." Since the poem is titled "Snow," then I
believe Cummings is trying to get across the appearance of snow and maybe a
few words here and there.

Christa from United States
Comment 9 of 105, added on April 5th, 2005 at 3:52 PM.

Look at it as snow on the page. I imagine the "words" in capitals are
anagrams, but I'm not quite sure.

Most of what Cummings did wasn't meant to be read conventionally, so don't
worry about that too much.

John from United States
Comment 8 of 105, added on April 4th, 2005 at 6:46 PM.

this poem is oneof the stranger poems ive herd but after i tought about it
it kind of makes sense. if you don't get it just think about it alot.

me from United States
Comment 7 of 105, added on March 8th, 2005 at 9:51 PM.

I think this poem is very wierd. I mean, it just babbles out a few words
that sort of make sense, and has over 3 titles. I just dont get it. Maybe
one of you guys could help me out here? Also I love America, even though I
love Canada more ;D

Ryan from Canada
Comment 6 of 105, added on March 8th, 2005 at 9:31 PM.

I think that this poem is very strange eh. When i first saw it, I wasnt
sure it was even poetry! But after reading it over again, i saw some words
that made sense. Now I like this guy's work! Yup, this poem is awesome!

Fish King from Canada

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Added: May 7 2003
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