the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds
(also, with the church’s protestant blessings
daughters, unscented shapeless spirited)
they believe in Christ and Longfellow,both dead,
are invariably interested in so many things-
at the present writing one still finds
delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?
perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy
scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D
….the Cambridge ladies do not care,above
Cambridge if sometimes in its box of
sky lavender and cornerless, the
moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

Analysis, meaning and summary of e.e. cummings's poem the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

14 Comments

  1. QWMichael says:

    No. But now i will. Thanks for that.

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  4. Reggin says:

    oh and by the way sarah form spain, i hate you, all of you people who try to put religion into every day life and a stupid poem like this, i hope you die a horrible death along with all of your joo friends. you stinking whore.

  5. sarah says:

    in this poem, ee cummings is showing the way that legalistic “christians” kill tbe beauty in life and in effect kill Christ himself: he says that christ is dead, which is a contradiction of the truth- christ rose again. The reason being is that the “ladies of cambridge” gossip and suck joy from life, never seeing the moon in the “sky lavender and cornerless.” this represents the freedom and joy of life that is not stagnant with rules and churches. cummings is not making any statements against christianity but rather against the way people get sunk into ruts where they cannot see light…

  6. Laure says:

    This poem represents many countries and the people in the countries. I believe that it speaks the truth about our society today. We always gossip and try to out do each other with material items that we own and buy

  7. PJ says:

    This poem is not merely an attack on upper class women in Cambridge but is a more widespread accusation of all upper class white society in his time. Cummings shows through several ironical twists that the Cambridge ladies have lost the broader points of religion and charity. Although they are supposedly good Protestant women, they do not even consider who their self proclaimed charitable acts are benefiting but rather take pleasure that it will increase their social status. This complimented by their profound interest in social gossip defines the idea that in their social arena, religion is no longer a faith intensive practice but simply a social requirement with not many deep obligations. There are many interpretations and examples in this poem and one should not limit their view to the Cambridge ladies but should look at white society, aristocratic circles and the modernization of religion throughout the whole of society.

  8. maxwell octavious says:

    i beleive that cummings was talking about how unappriative the rich can be, and nothing else. he cares about cambrigde and he can tell that they don’t, they only care about themselves and their needs.

  9. maxwell octavious says:

    i belevie that cummings was just talking about how unappriative the rich cambridge people are, nohting but that. How they only care about

  10. Rose says:

    It’s not an attack on Cambridge ladies, but merely an attempt to describe an era he was experiencing. Cummings being from Cambridge was showing us how we all can simply become complacent with our own good deeds and getting preoccupied with other people’s business.

  11. ConqueringId says:

    anyway that has never stopped e e cummings. This poem is much like “gay is a captivating cognomen” as it is about the same thing, except that way too many people didn’t understand what he meant by gay.

  12. DrPat says:

    The imagery of the Cambridge ladies is that of complacent self-satisfaction, as in the “whited sepulchre” of the New Testament. They do not examine the furnishings of their souls, but are content to “believe in Longfellow and Jesus, both dead”, and occupy their thoughts with trivia.

    To the extent that we waste our own lives “getting and spending,” ignoring the cosmic issues that surround us, we also live in furnished souls. WE are the Cambridge ladies.

  13. Shannon says:

    This poem is a scathing attack on the “Cambridge women”–those well-off, upper-class women–who have nothing better to do with their lives but sit around, gossip about other people, and support meaningless causes. Cummings is angry with these women for not thinking for themselves, and for not seeing that there’s so much more to the world than knitting and scandal.

  14. Josie says:

    This poem is retarded and someone needs to make some sense out of it…its too hard to understand and if no one else understands it, why the heck did the man write it?

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