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A poem by E.E. Cummings

Julien Toscano

on 7 December 2012

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somewhere i have never travelled,
gladly beyond Summary This poem is actually quite notable, often called “Cummings best love poem” as it a poem that defines his writers style. Cummings often writes about themes like love and nature, the two are predominant themes in the story. Not only that, but his poems are often similar to sonnets, but with his own unconventional modifications. His poems do not follow all the rules of grammar, despite that, he is a renown and well respected poet.

The poem follows a character (we assume he writes from experience) and his profound love for a woman. He talks of her hold on him (his intense infatuation) and compares her interaction with him to the opening and closing of a flower, with the change of seasons. Not only that, but he continues to explain the fragility of this woman and continues the metaphor beyond. This poem uses the seasons to further the significance of this woman, and the weather (snow, rain) in this short but sweet piece.

Formal Features: Somewhere I have never traveled” by E.E Cummings is a free verse poem. A free verse poem has no patterns. This poem does not rhyme or have a rhyme scheme. But, it does have structure. The poem consists of five stanzas that have four lines each. A stanza with four lines is called a quatrain. Each line does not have any capitalization and the lines are about the same length. In stanzas one and five each line has twelve syllables and in stanzas two, three, four not all but some of the lines have twelve syllables. There are 2 major symbols in this poem
1)Eyes: The poem starts by describing the power this woman’s eyes have on him, and how effortlessly she opens him up with a look. Throughout the poem he further uses sight (words like perceive, color, voice of your eyes) to explain the attraction in the bulk of the poem centers around this look, this slight gesture that envelops the speaker.

2)Flowers: Referenced a number of times (petal, flower, roses, opening and closing in weather), flowers are used here to show the speakers love, as well as explain the opening and closing sensation, “opening up” if you will (like the petals of the rose). Not only that but he continues with “the heart of this flower”, and even says “the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses”
On top of these two, Edward uses fragility, to continue the flower metaphor and explain the girls beauty: he is careful not to ruin what he has with her.
The poem talks about feelings of love that the speaker has for his beloved. It is obvious that he is deeply in love with someone that he expresses his feelings using sweet lines like "the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses." Also, he wonders over the mysterious power that the woman has over him. The speaker also examines and praises this power and he will never forget how his beloved has transformed him.In the first stanza, he describes his feelings towards his beloved as if he is in a place that he has never gone before. He also describes how his beloved extremely affects him without much effort from her.In the second stanza, he describes how she can easily open and close the doors of his emotions. His beloved is also able to open and close him without even trying.In the third stanza, the speaker would grant everything that the woman wishes for. He would even cease himself from expressing his feelings and disappear. In this stanza, he declared his unconditional love. Despite the intensity of his love and his fear, he was willing to sacrifice what he truly feels if that's what his beloved desires.In the last stanza, the speaker considered his love feeling towards the woman as a mystery; in the same manner that love for him is a mystery. He could never explain the woman's effect on him and no matter how hard he tries to compare the woman, his feelings and the situation to the world's mysteries and beauty. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
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 -Metaphor -Simile -Simile -Simile -Hyperbole -Metaphor -Metaphor -Personification Figures of Speech/Sound devices 1) “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 very carefully everywhere descending”

2) “(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)”
Quotes: Symbols Theme
It is sort of a given that love is the main theme in the poem; toward the poet’s love one. At the beginning of the poem, the contexts are little bit mysterious; the second line of the poem “your eyes have their silence” debunks the subject of the poem. That is the eye, as we have commonly known of the eyes are the windows into a person’s soul, as a continuation, foreshadows the following line: your slightest look will easily unclose me. It mirrors that the power of love is able to change a personal completely, from closed person to an open one. In the second stanza, speakers mentioned about spring, spring is the season where everything grows and rises, in this case, a man opening up like a petal, which allows him to fall in love unconditionally. Later on in the third the theme suddenly switches to forgiveness and voluntary, the snows contrasts spring, where everything dies and descending. Even though the woman rejects him, he will shut very beautifully. In the fourth stanza, the line” nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals your intense fragility” expresses nothing in the world can affect the speaker more than the compelling power of this woman.
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