(and i imagine
never mind Joe agreeably cheerfully remarked when
surrounded by fat stupid animals
the Jewess shrieked
the messiah tumbled successfully into the world
the animals continued eating. And i imagine she, and
heard them slobber and
in the darkness)
stood sharp angels with faces like Jim Europe

Analysis, meaning and summary of e.e. cummings's poem (and i imagine… (XII)


  1. Bill Scully says:

    Although a wantabe buddist, I too can accept that the (instant) the Christ child arrived may be the most defining moment in recorded human history…and then there were XII.

  2. Alex says:

    I don’t understand his use of parenthesese

  3. emerssso says:

    Drivel? He’s talking about the instant of the birth of Christ, an even, historical or not, which has impacted the entire course of Western history! It may be different from what we are used to, but it most certainly isn’t drivel to remark on such a thing.

  4. Andy Campbell says:

    Bloody drivel is what it is. Here’s what I’d do, Malcolm. I’d tell old Logan that if she spends taxpayer money on one more volume of drivel like that, the library won’t get painted this fiscal year.

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