may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she

(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she

(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)

may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she

but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she

(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you’re divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)

Analysis, meaning and summary of e.e. cummings's poem may i feel said he


  1. Preia says:

    Why such language in the comments, people? 🙁
    Anyway, I personally love this poem. I think it can be interpreted as two lovers trying to communicate and then, it could also be two naive and inexperienced teenagers- a boyfriend pushing a girlfriend maybe. XD Personally, I love it just because it has a clear message that can still be interpreted differently, depending on the reader. 🙂

  2. Jim says:

    I note with interest that several comments focus on the poem bringing out differences between how men and women perceive things. For me, this poem is more about how the roles men and women play mesh erotically. There is a momentum that builds as the dance progresses. The early exchanges in which “he” asks ever so politely give way near the end to his weilding a more forceful tone. Her caution gives way to fanning the flames of intimacy. We are swept away along with these two lovers, and share their tension, fun and joy because it works so well–both what they’re feeling for each other, and of course, the telling of it. It’s one of my favorites.

  3. amana says:

    i love it, its bare and real, too many poets beat around the bush. Revealing your thoughts without fear is a courageous poet.

  4. Kayli says:

    absolutely loved it. very witty and clever, made me smile with its playful ( not disgusting) use of sexual language.

  5. Amandat kissnhug says:

    This poem rules out of a whole semester of boring poems from the 2o th century , thank god one woke me up… all u idiots that disagree kno what u can do

  6. kelli says:

    Okayyyyyyyy. Comments and questions. A) it’s Pe D aphile, you brainiac, David Young. B) is the offensive thing about this poem that it takes place between a man and a woman (oh ew) and you are a homosexual? C) is David Young in the third grade? I was perpelexed by his comments. David, if you want attention, at least try and be smart about it, so people just don’t roll their eyes and laugh at you.

  7. Madison says:

    I like this poem, mainly because it is entertaining and has some sort of meaning. E.E Cummings is a wonderful poet and I am a fan of his work.

  8. Kristy says:

    of course people who say the poem is sick and preverted than oviously your sick and preverted if u see it that way..poetry has many meanings to it..i think that all e.e. cummings poetry is beautiful dispite tha fact if it sexual content..its poetry…Image…

  9. Leah says:

    I’m sorry David, but i do have to question your maturity. Throwing around malicious labels like ‘fag’ and ‘petafile’ isn’t going to make people respect you or what you have to say about the poem or poet. Everyone who puts comments on this page has the same rights as you to express their own opinions, so why don’t you try to get past that and keep your cynical (look it up in a dictionary) comments to yourself? The purpose for adding comments is for people to share their thoughts about the poem, not about the people who put their ideas on this page. Think about it…

  10. Hannah says:

    Just a thought, anyone who finds this poem perverted probably needs to mature a bit before further attempting to interperate poetry. The poem expresses very well the difference between the thoughts of a man and a woman on the same subject.. very well written, I love it.

  11. Jackie says:

    This is a great poem, one of my favorites. Whoever thinks this poem is perverted should have their head checked. People didn’t think they way we do now. It’s a good tease that’s all. And Cummings is one of the greatest. Peole say his work isn’t poetry well, lets see you guys create a style more twisted and unique then his.

  12. arwen says:

    cummings has a right to express himself anyway that he wants. its not like this poem is particulary dirty it is just expresses different points of view. david young i think you are really the one who is insecure about his sexuality not whitney. its amazing how close minded people are when it comes to anything different or new. people have been writing about sex for many years. how is this poem any different from those harlequin romance books? if anything you should be getting angry at those novels not this poem.

  13. David Young says:

    Shut up Whitney you little fag. Just cause your insecure with your sexuality doesn’t mean you should take it out on others you little queer. By the way are you seeing anyone. 😉

  14. Whitney says:

    You people who think this peom is “perverted and sick” are obviously insanely deprived. There are far more things that are more sick than this, go bitch about that instead of a poem with some significance.

  15. Joe says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s a funny poem but at the same time shows the difference in the mindset between a man and a woman. You say cummings sucks? You are an idiot

  16. seamore says:

    i like this poem because it is funny, and it rhymes. it kicks ass dude!!!

  17. poolrat says:

    there always seems to be something subtle expressed in this poem. it always feels like you’ve missed something, or something has gone wrong in the poem and you can’t quite put your finger on it. i love it, and my teacher was the one to show me it!

  18. Patricia says:

    This is my favorite e.e. cummings poem. He so aptly describes the different ways men and women can interput the same thing. This poem always makes me grin.

  19. Annie says:

    I love this poem it is my favorite. I think i love it more because this poem got me in trouble in high school. Love it

  20. Clancy says:

    this poem is always funny it is pretty evil also
    your tops e.e.

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