a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me–

who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was

-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other’s each

Analysis, meaning and summary of e.e. cummings's poem a total stranger one black day


  1. Danny Healy says:

    This poem is a great inspiration to anyone suffering the curse of addiction. The way I read this poem concerns the struggle to better ourselves. Only by finding the courage and strength to be your true honest self (a total stranger to your current unhappy being) will you free yourself from a living hell.

  2. Megan says:

    he was scared “living the hell” out of his mind when he found his true self. he couldn’t forgive himself for not finding it sooner. now his front and true self live in harmony. it seems to cut off at the end

  3. Germán says:

    i think you must accept how you are, and never try to put a different face, i like this poem very much, because i have realise that you are only who you are, and nothing more.

  4. Alaynna says:

    I think this poem is about realizing that maybe we can’t always be who we want, and sometimes we end up beating ourselves up over it, but in the end we learn to deal with it.

  5. wendy says:

    you let yourself down a notch,Only to bring yourself right back up again. i love this poem.life

  6. richard says:

    lotta words for a hangover

  7. Elise says:

    You must accept who you are and never put yourself down. There is none in truth, even yourself, that should “beat” you, ever.

  8. Lyman says:

    In Jungian psychology, if we don’t recognize and accept our shadow personalities, (total strangers) they will hurt us unexpectedly. ee cummings said it succinctly.

  9. Debbie says:

    this reminds me of the love/hate relationship that we have with ouselves when we make a ghastly error in an important area of our lives, and must live to regret it.

  10. Brian says:

    “A Total Stranger One Black Day”

    This poem reminds me that we are all made up of more than one personqlity, each being revealed in a different way, depending on the situation. Most importantly, not all personalities get along, especially our own, with our own.

  11. Daniel Ruxin says:

    This poem says to me that what ever critisisms are made of us in life that in the end we are all equal

  12. B.E. says:

    ha ha, e.e. beat himself up. Very sad

  13. Samantha says:

    This poem mkaes me think of those times when we don’t know who we really are, and the way we react to situtations surprises us. in the beginning its as if there are two people, but in the end we discover that it is really someone discover part of them that they didn’t know existed.

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