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Transcript of e.e. cummings
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which 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 skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your 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 perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense 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 B.A. in 1915 and M.A. in 1916,
both from Harvard 1917- early works published
in "Eight Harvard Poets" ANALYSIS
Title- I believe the title,"somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" is about a journey, either phyical or mental.
Paradox: "which i cannot touch because they are too near" "the power of your intense fragility"
Symbolism-"somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" symbolizes his first time falling in love.
Attitude- The attitude of this poem is in awe. He compares to a flower in Spring, where it blooms and is very beautiful. He is in his first feeling of love.
Shifts- There are no shifts, except for some parentheses in the second and last stanza.
Title- e.e. cummings didn't title his poems, so the "titles" are
actually just the first line of the poem.
Theme- The subject he is addressing is the love of his life. You learn that she is very mysterious and beautiful. He wants you to know the first feeling of love. Outspoken anti-war convictions had him jailed in World War 1: recounted tale in novel "Buffalo Bill" 1920- The Dial publishes several of Cummings' works, like "Buffalo Bill" somewhere i have never travelled, glady beyond (Eric Z.) Honors include: Academy of American Poets Fellowship Two Guggenheim Fellowships Charles Elliot Norton Professorship, Harvard At his death, he was the second most read poet It should be noted that he didn't always title his works. The titles we use here are supplied by poets.org maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles, and
milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea Title: four girls who are part of the poem
May reflect value of youth. Paraphrase:
Stanza 1: Four girls go to the beach
Stanza 2: One discovers a sweet, singing shell
Stanza 3: One finds a weak, maybe dying, sea star
Stanza 4: One is chased by a horrible thing
Stanza 5: One comes home with an interestingly round stone
Stanza 6: Whatever we lose,what we find resembles us Connotation:
Capitalization is only once (line 11) : shows emphasis on final statement, claiming it to be a firm generalization
Metaphor (line 6) : portrays the compassion and innocence of children, since Milly became friends with the weak animal easily
Oxymoron (line 10): emphasis on the confused mind of May
The last two of these seem to attempt to partially center the poem on the attributes of children Attitude: innocent and playful, by telling the story through the girls'
thoughts that are fermented by inexperience. Shifts:
line 4, comma before "and", though elsewhere it's followed by a semicolon, colon or period, emphsizes the forgetting of troubles by using puctuation indicating less of a pause
line 13, first capitalization, indicating that the narrator now speaks about all humans rather than only these four Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts Title: foreshadows the secondary theme about children Theme:
We are attracted to what our own personality is like
Need for worldly experience fuels our adventure Edward Estlin Cummings was most known for his creative and new ways of writing poems: Works Cited:
"E. E. Cummings." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 11 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/156>.
"E. E. Cummings Pictures and Photos." Famous Poets and Poems - Read and Enjoy Poetry. Web. 17 May 2011. <http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/e__e__cummings/photo>.
Stephen. "E. E. Cummings." Kyrene School District - Redirect. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.kyrene.org/schools/brisas/sunda/poets/cummings.htm>.
"Somewhere I Have Never Travelled,gladly beyond - Love Poem by Ee Cummings." Love Poems. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://lovepoems.yu-hu.com/cummings/somewhere.shtml>. Proudly Present and odd form, puctuation, spelling, and syntax Playful mood towards things like war and sex new, idiosyncratic poetic expression.
He was against conventional thinking,
so his intentional use of not capitalized
words was a form of rebellion. 1958 Bollingen Prize in Poetry Ford Foundation Grant maggie and milly and molly and may (Muhtadi C.) Titles: Paraphase-He has never traveled somewhere. Someone's eye's are silent. Her weak gestures surround him, or he can't touch her because she's too near. Her look will unclose, though he has closed himself. She opens up as Spring opens. Nothing's more powerful than her weakness,whose textures brings me with countries, making death. He does not know what closes and opens about her; only knows her eyes' voice is deeper than roses. The rain doesn't even have smaller hands. why must itself every of a park why must itself up every of a park (Curt M.) why must itself up every of a park why must itself up every of a park
anus stick some quote statue unquote to
prove that a hero equals any jerk
who was afraid to dare to answer "no"?
quote citizens unquote might otherwise
forget(to err is human;to forgive
divine)that if the quote state unquote says
"kill" killing is an act of christian love.
"Nothing" in 1944 AD
"can stand against the argument of mil
itary necessity"(generalissimo e)
and echo answers "there is no appeal
from reason"(freud)--you pays your money and
you doesn't take your choice. Ain't freedom grand Analysis The title alone is perplexing, due to the fact it is gramatically incorrect. . Although difficult, it can be interpreted into emotion by simply reviewing the first word, "why", where cummings questions others reasoning. Cummings uses contrast here to emphasize the ridiculousness of belief. cummings alludes to quotes by General Eisenhower and Siegmund frued
regarding the bombardment of historic landmarks in Italy during WWII. He uses these
quotes to exemplify his statement that "a hero equals any jerk". here, cummings alludes to George Washington's most famous quote. Title - Paraphrase - Cummings tries to state that anyone can become a leader as soon as you're recognized, regardless of your past decisions, good or bad. By using your newfound power, you can make sure nothing stands in your way, and you will be the voice of your people, whether they agree or disagree, which is the irony behind democracy. Connotation - cummings usuals unusual diction, and randomly removes punctuation from its proper place, almost creating a sense of mystery to his purpose. In addition, a sense of sarcasm or irritability can be felt because of the way he refers to people, history and beliefs through his use of metaphors and contrast, and his "laziness" when it comes to punctuation and spelling. Attitude - An obvious sense of dissapointment looms over the entirety of the poem especially when it comes to choices by the various people mentioned, even if they direct subject is unclear. Shifts - cummings' shifts, if any, are unorthodox and hard to spot, but he does appear to use contrast less at the end. theme - cummings explicitly expresses his distrust with how "democracy" in the country at the time was being run, and believed the people got too little voice, even in minor debates.