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Posted April 18, 2012 at 4:28 AM via web

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What is  this e. e. cumming's poem about? 

somewhere I have never traveled,gladly beyond about?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM (Answer #1)

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This is LVII in W[ViVa] (1931).This basically is a love poem, addressed to the loved one, trying to express the uniqueness and specialness of his feelings for her, especially how she takes him beyond his previous range of experiences.  Her “most frail gesture” encloses him.  In the second stanza, he expresses how she opens him up like Spring opens a rose.  The whole poem explores the “open-close” dichotomy, comparing their relationship (your “intense fragility”) with the seasons and the rhythms of nature. The closing line is a famous image, one often cited to illustrate cummings’ creativity, illustrating his juxtaposing contradictory images (“the voice of your eyes”), and his creative bending of grammatical rules.  His love poems are the one of the most successful subgenres in his canon, along with his topiary verses and his seasonal paeons. 

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