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i thank You God by

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Vania Mansaray

on 18 August 2013

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Transcript of i thank You God by

What is the main idea of this poem?
i thank You God for most this amazing
day for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
Who was e. e. cummings?
i thank You God by
e. e. cummings
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 14, 1894.

He began writing poems as early as 1904.

Experimented with form, punctuation, spelling and
syntax, moving away from traditional techniques
and structures.

Created a new means of poetic expression.

At the time of his death, September 3, 1962, he was the second most widely read poet in the United States.
i thank You God

i thank You God for most this amazing
day for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any - lifted from the no
of all nothing - human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes have opened)

Analysis of 1st stanza
The lowercase 'i' and the uppercase 'You' and 'God' show the difference between the speaker and God, showing that God is above the speaker.





Analysis of 2nd stanza
The entire stanza is written in brackets as an aside where the speaker expresses his feelings towards the beauty of nature.






how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any - lifted from the no
of all nothing - human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
Analysis of 3rd stanza

Use of rhetorical question.The speaker is wondering how a person who has experienced the wonders and beauty of God could doubt God's existence.






(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Analysis of 4th stanza
Once again this entire stanza is put in brackets

He is truly hearing and seeing for the first time stressing his spiritual rebirth.
Poetic Devices
No Punctuation and inverted word order which make the reader contemplate various interpretations and, therefore, to reflect more about the poem's meaning. The lack of pauses show the speaker's awe at God's greatness.

No capitalization except when referring to God showing reverence towards God and emphasizing man's mere mortality in comparison to God.

Uses diction that supports the rebirth, mainly, ' greenly', 'alive', 'birth', 'awake', 'breathing'.

Use of run-on lines throughout the poem.



Structure
What is the basic structure?

Does it have any rhyme?

Does it have any rhythm?

Does this remind you of any particular form?
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this the birth
day of life and of love and wings; and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
Analysis of 1st stanza
Imagery - "leaping greenly spirits of trees"; "a blue true dream of sky"

Personification - "leaping greenly spirits of trees" (might suggest an ancient belief that trees have spirits)

Metaphor - "a blue true dream of sky" (suggests that the sky is too beautiful to be real)

Analysis of 1st stanza
Word Order - He stresses the word 'most' by placing it before 'this', thus, adding to the reverence he feels towards God.

Analysis of 1st stanza
The speaker is amazed at the beauty of nature which knows no bounds

God's creation is described as 'natural', 'infinite' and 'yes' .

The word 'yes' is used as a noun in this poem which signifies all that is positive, true and good.
i thank You God
Analysis of 2nd stanza
Here it is evident that the poet has been reborn spiritually 'alive again today'.

It may mean that he went through some previous experiences which had led him to live a meaningless life.
Analysis of 2nd stanza
The speaker is seeing the world with brand new eyes 'sun's birthday' and 'birth/day of life'

The diction used such as 'life', 'love' and 'wings' indicate that he is experiencing a new happy life.
Analysis of 2nd stanza
The conclusion to the second stanza describes earth as a 'gay great happening illimitably earth' meaning that it is bountiful and positive.
Analysis of 3rd stanza
The words 'merely' and 'illimitably' (2nd stanza) are contrasted further emphasizing God's greatness and man's mortality.
Analysis of 3rd stanza
'lifted from the no/of all nothing' suggests that man's life
truly becomes meaningful once his soul is saved.

Analysis of 3rd stanza
Word order - 'human merely being' has more impact than if written grammatically correct.
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