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since feeling is first

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Transcript of since feeling is first

Identify the literary device:
a. "Life's not a paragraph" and "And death is no parenthesis"
b. "My blood approves"; "the best gesture of my brain"; "eyelids flutter, which says we are for each other"
c. paragraph and life; parenthesis and death

5. what is romantic, light-hearted, and serious

6. what is the significance of the statement: People who are focused on all of the little things that are trivial will live a limited life. But those who love and enjoy life will not be constricted by death in their lives
There is no effective, striking, or climatic moment. However, at the end of the poem, the speaker uses a metaphor to reveal that he believes that:
death does not confine us
as parenthesis' confine thoughts, Cummings says that death can't contain their love
life is limitless
while paragraphs usually follow a logical pattern, he uses the metaphor to show how life is unpredictable and doesn't follow a reaonable pattern.
since feeling is first

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

-ee cummings

Who is the speaker? In what person is the poet speaking? To whom is the poem addressed?
- The speaker is a person who enjoys life and does not focus on the little things that can constrict one's life and one's ability to love.

- The poet is speaking in second person.

- The poem is addressed to a woman who is in love but is focusing too much on the things that do not matter long term.
What is the setting?
Springtime, because that is the time of love. However, this poem is not set for a specific year because the theme is timeless.
What is the form of the poem? What is the meter? The rhyme scheme?
- The poem is free verse, consequently, there is no rhyme or meter.
Because of this structure, the poem flows easily.
e.e. cummings
What element are repeated? Inverted? What is the effect of the repetition/inversion?
What figures of speech does this poem contain?
Metaphor: "Life's not a paragraph" and "And death is no parenthesis"

Personification: "My blood approves" "the best gesture of my brain" "eyelids flutter, which says / we are for each other"

Symbolism:
- A paragraph symbolizes the view of life from the person whom the poet is speaking to.
- The parenthesis symbolize the view of the person who is concerned with every little thing of death as something that constrains one from life.

What kinds of images does the poet use?
Sight: "your eyelids' flutter" and "laugh, leaning back in my arms"


Does the poem have an effective, striking, or climatic moment? Does it come to some kind of resolution? What kind?

What is the tone of the poem?
The poem's tone is romantic, light-hearted, yet, it remains serious.
What is the theme of the poem?
People who are focused on all of the little things that are trivial will live a limited life. But those who love and enjoy life will not be constricted by death in their lives.

It is implied that feelings come before everything else, including logic and reason.
-Cummings is well known for his disregard for the common grammar rules.
Used words such as "if", "but", and "because" as nouns
Created new words (typically a combination of two words- "swiftlyenormous" from When I Have Thought Of You Somewhat Too
Predominately used lowercase letters
Scattered words around the page
"since feeling is first"
double meaning behind first:
first in importance (before other things)
first in chronological order (feelings first)
"who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;"
warns not to over-analyze life
by starting with "who pays any attention, Cummings seems to be asking a question. By the fourth line, you can see that he was actually referring to people who pay attention to the syntax of things
"and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers."
Cummings chooses his heart over his mind in this line. Unlike the person described in lines 2-4, he is giving himself over to emotion.
"Don't cry
the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says
we are for each other"
Continues to describe how much greater emotion is compared to reason
Cummings realizes that the simple gesture of fluttering eyelashes is greater than anything he could ever come up with
"for life's not a paragraph
and death i think is no parenthesis"
In the first line, Cummings states that life is greater than what can be written on a page.
Paragraphs are too concise to hold all of life
By saying that death is not a parenthesis, Cummings uses a metaphor to show that their love will not be bound by death, as parenthesis' bound a sentence.
In this line, "i think" should be in parenthesis
1. who is the person who enjoys life and does not focus on the little things that can constrict one's life and one's ability to love
2. what is the significance of Springtime
3. what is the form of the poem
4. Cummings is well known for his disregard for the common ________ rules

1. speaker
2. setting
3. free verse
4. grammar
a. metaphor
b. personification
c. symbolism
5. tone
6. theme
Analysis
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