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Somewhere I Have Traveled, Gladly Beyond by E.E. Cummings Analysis

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Transcript of Somewhere I Have Traveled, Gladly Beyond by E.E. Cummings Analysis

Somewhere I have never traveled, gadly beyond
Any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things that enclose me,
or which I cannot touch because they are too near.

Your slightest look easily will unclose me
Though I have closed myself as fingers,
You open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully , mysteriously) her first rose.

Or if you wish be to close me, I and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
As when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending.

Nothing which we are to percieve in this world equals
The power of your itense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing.

(I do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.







Denotative Meaning The first stanza begins by introducing a journey that the narrator has been on. This journey was a happy one, but he does not know where the journey will take him. He makes sure that the reader knows that this journey is better than any experience the narrator has ever had. He is clearly explaining these things to another person which is shown when he uses the words "you" and "your." The second stanza is where the narrator compares himself to the women. The woman is very open while the narrator is not usually, but the woman is capable of bringing things out of him that he would not usually share with others. He describes the woman as sharing her personality with others slowly, but the more one sees the more beautiful she seems. The third stanza the man is explaining that if the woman wants him to leave or to die, he will do so gladly, and that he will be happy to have lived such a beautiful life with her. Somewhere I Have Never Traveled,
Gladly Beyond by E.E. Cummings In the fourth stanza the narrator describes how the woman will always be the most best and most beautiful thing he will ever see in his life. This leads him to feel the need to sacrifice his life in order to better hers. The last stanza has an unclear
meaning other than that the
narrator is again explaining that he
is not sure what about the woman
entrances him so much. Connotative Meaning This poem has two general meanings that I could find. The first is that of a man talking to a woman who he is very in love with and who he would do anything for. But at the same time the narrator is comparing the two individuals to flowers. Cummings is using the flower comparison to illustrate the fragility of human emotions.

Examples:
"You open always petal by petal." (Line 7)
"The voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses" (Line 23) Structure of the Poem 5 stanzas
Quatrains
Free verse
No rhyme scheme- Except in the last stanza where the first and third end words rhyme.
Length of the lines is similar No assonance
Consonance- "beautifully, suddenly." Line 10
Cummings word choice communicates a peaceful and calm atomosphere even when talking about death. Stylistic Devices Similies:
"though I have closed myself as fingers." Line 6
"You open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens." Line 7
Metaphors:
The whole poem is a metaphor, it uses flowers to describe the two's emotions and how fragile they are.
"when the heart of this flower imagines." Line 11, this quote shows the narrator referring to himself as a flower.
Symbols:
Flowers: people, more specifically the two in the poem.
The place he has "never traveled": Refers to the rest of his life and what lies ahead. Sound Devices The overall theme of this poem is that humans are fragile just like flowers. Theme/Message I honestly did not like the
poem. I didn't like the way it
was written because it was choppy and didn't flow. I did like his message overall though.
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