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E. E. Cummings

What does the poem "i thank you God for this most amazing" reveal about e. e. cummings?

The poem reveals that cummings not only believes in God, but finds faith in the deity through the beauty of the incarnate world, which cummings joyously celebrates in these verses. In other words,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2016 12:04 pm UTC

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In the poem "Since Feeling is First" by E. E. Cummings, what is the theme and the ideas that the poem is trying to...

When reading a cummings poem, it often seems that we "feel" the meaning of the poem rather than actively comprehending the words. cummings toys with this here in his use of language such as...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 12:10 pm UTC

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In E. E. Cumming's poem "A Poet's Advice to Students", discuss Cumming's advice to all young poets using examples...

The poet e. e. cummings advises students that the most important piece of advice he can give is to "learn how to feel." He says that any old person can learn to think or to know. He implies that...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 6:00 am UTC

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Next To Of Course God America I Summary

There is a belief that suggests that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. This could serve as an excellent starting point for the discussion in Cummings' work. The premise of the poem is...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 9:11 pm UTC

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What does the poem "she being Brand / -new" by E. E. Cummings mean?

This poem is an interesting—if occasionally difficult—read, considering its seemingly erratic use of spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. A little research into the style of E. E. Cummings's...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 4:25 am UTC

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Where can I find parallelism and external/internal deviation in the poem of "plato told" by E.E. Cummings? How does...

E. E. Cummings is well-known for his writing and Plato Told is typical of his individuality. It is a timeless poem which reminds the reader that war is an ongoing tragedy that will never change...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015 9:54 pm UTC

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What are the major characteristics of E. E. Cummings's poems?

There are two aspects of the poetry of E.E. Cummings that make him significant: He was on the "cutting edge" of the Modernist, experimental movement. His poetry is new in its typography, its...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 8:15 am UTC

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What does the "You" represent in the poem "I thank You God for most this amazing", written by E. E. Cummings?

The "You" represents God, to whom the poem is addressed. This poem is a prayer of thanksgiving, spoken directly to God, thanking Him for the beauty of the natural world, "for everything which is...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2009 6:40 am UTC

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What are the three kinds of mass destruction that E. E. Cummings refers to in the first six lines of each stanza of...

Three kinds of massive, destructive forces mentioned in e.e. cummings's poem are a tornado, a blizzard, and a manmade apocalypse. After the unheralded destruction of World War I, poets such as...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2017 2:31 am UTC

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In "since feeling is first" by e.e. cummings, what are the metaphors he uses to express his feelings about love and...

Cummings uses language ingeniously to relate his feelings about love and other aspects of life. In "since feeling is first," a love poem, he uses the metaphor of punctuation to describe his...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 5:26 am UTC

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What is E. E. Cummings' style?

First, while it is true that Cummings wrote his own name without punctuation or capitalization (e e cummings), it has become common practice for scholars to normalize the form when citing or...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 3:46 pm UTC

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How does connotation work to develop the theme in the poem "in Just-" by e.e. cummings?

e.e. cummings had very interesting and unique ways of expressing himself, and "in Just-" is no exception to his typical style. He likes to break grammar rules, bending them to create the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2009 2:04 pm UTC

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What is the author's message in Cummings' poem "next to god of course america i"?                  ...

One of the excellent effects cummings uses in this poem to convey his message can be detected in the final line of the poem. cummings's work often does not utilize full sentences structured in a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018 8:33 pm UTC

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In e.e cummings poem a poets advice to students what does he mean by this quote? " and so my advice to all young...

E.E. Cummings, in his poem "A Poet's Advice," maintains that writing poetry is a supremely difficult task. Cummings begins by defining the task of a poet: A poet is somebody who feels, and who...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 11:03 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the poem "Little Man in a Hurry" by e. e. cummings?

Cummings is calming a child at bedtime, whose child problems and worries have made him/her restless. At the same time, of course, Cummings is calling us all "little children" who are worrying...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015 5:15 pm UTC

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What is the point that E.E Cummings makes in his poem "next to of course god america i"?

In his poem "next to of course god america i," e. e. cummings satirizes the blind chauvinism that politicians summon from the citizens and soldiers in order to serve their purposes in times of war....

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 11:32 pm UTC

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What are the two powerful metaphors in the e.e.Cummings poem "since feeling is first?" In his lyric poem, Cummings...

In the poem "since feeling is first," E.E. Cummings intertwines two powerful metaphors to express his belief that emotion is a more reliable perspective from which to examine issues of life and...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 1:37 am UTC

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In "since feeling is first" what is the love metaphor cummings is referring to? Is there more than one?

In "since feeling is first," a love poem, e.e. cummings uses the metaphor of punctuation to describe his feelings. At the very end of the poem, he states, "for life's not a paragraph/and death I...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 2:51 am UTC

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In E.E. Cummings, "next to of course god america i" What does the line, "then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"...

cummings is mocking patriotic rhetoric. cummings mashes cliches that you would typically hear from politicians in speeches or traditionally, at fourth of july celebrations. this is a satire on a...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 9:16 am UTC

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In the poem "since feeling is first" by e. e. cummings, according to the speaker of this poem, what is better than...

The sensation of being in the company of your lover is second to nothing of which the speaker can conceive. Feelings takes precedence over anything that is of the nature of an intellectual...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 4:48 pm UTC

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What is E.E. Cummings' poem "kitty sixteen 5'11 white prostitute" about?

This poem, convoluted and abbreviated in typical Cummings style, is a homage to individuality, a portrait of Kitty herself, and an admonishment to her “Johns” – a description of the less obvious...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 6:13 pm UTC

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What was E. E. Cummings purpose of writing "next to of course god america i"?

An avowed pacifist dedicated to averting war, Cummings' poem is an indictment of blind patriotism that accompanies most war efforts. In his own life, Cummings experienced the downside of war,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "since feeling is first" by e.e Cummings ?

It seems difficult to me to say what mood this poem conveys. cummings is restating his philosophy that feeling and emotion are primary and reason is secondary. He believes that those who live their...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 9:24 am UTC

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I have to characterize the "anyone" who "sang his didn't" and "danced his did". 1. I...

In the poem, anyone represents the individual. When anyone "sang his didn't" and "danced his did," he is celebrating life in a sense. The idea of "sang his didn't"...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2008 3:37 am UTC

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The poem "what if a much of a which of a wind" and "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" are clearly the...

These two poems, the first (XX, from 1x1) a three-stanza series of octavo lines, speculates on the expansion of words beyond their limitations, positing a release of vocabulary and parts of speech...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2013 1:39 am UTC

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In the poem "since feeling is first" by E .E. Cummings, in lines 10–12, how does the speaker again contrast thinking...

The speaker states that anyone who believes in structuring emotion in logic and order will never fully experience that emotion. The emotion must be felt first. If the emotion is filtered through a...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 1:29 pm UTC

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Can someone please identify and describe the rhyme scheme of the poem "since feeling is first", by e. e. cummings? 

In a word, the poem has no rhyme scheme. That is, the end-words do not echo any other end-words. Technically, it would be called “blank verse” although that term implies some attention to poetic...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2012 3:30 am UTC

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How does the structure of the poem "next to of course god america i" differ from the traditional fourteen-line sonnet?

This modified sonnet by E. E. Cummings varies from the traditional sonnet form in its rhythm, meter, punctuation, and capitalization. One of Cummings' signature techniques is erratic punctuation...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 3:50 am UTC

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What is the meter of E.E. Cummings' "Next to of course god America"?

This work does not fall into traditional repeated feet or meter. Instead, it both mocks and replicates the speech tones of an insincere political public rant, meant to impress the audience with a...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

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In "Next to of course God America I", discuss the sound devices, the sentence devices and the structure devices.

Alliteration is used in E.E. Cummings' "next to of course god america I": "Love your land" in line 2, "glorious name by gorry" in line 7, "jingo by gee by gosh by gum" in line 8, "heroic happy,"...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010 3:17 am UTC

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Identify the figure of speech and discuss its effectiveness in the lines "and it's you are whatever a moon has always...

In the lines you have cited from this love poem, the poet, E. E. Cummings, personifies the moon and the sun. The speaker of the poem says that "you are whatever a moon has always meant / and...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 8:39 pm UTC

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What is the premise of "since feeling is first" by e.e. cummings?

E. E. Cummings’s poem “since feeling is first” centers around a speaker who is attempting to persuade a potential lover to ignore her “wisdom” and the expected order of courting. In much (if not...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 10:22 pm UTC

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Notice the opposites Cummings uses. A person who pays attention to the “syntax of things” (lines 2–3) is...

As you say, the poet is setting up a number of things that he says are opposites. In line 9, he speaks of wisdom. In this case, the opposite of wisdom is given in the previous line, line 8. He...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 12:09 am UTC

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In E. E. Cummings' poem, "A Poet's Advice to Students", what is difficult about being a poet according to Cummings?

I think what e.e. cummings is saying is not that it is difficult to be a poet. I think he is saying that it is difficult to be original - and therefore implying, that in order to be a poet, you...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 3:13 am UTC

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I would like to compare "in Just-" by e. e. cummings to a poem by W. B. Yeats and I do not know which one I should...

By starting with Cummings’ famous topiary poem, from Chansons Innocentes (“Songs of Innocence”), you are seeking a Yeats poem that either speaks of childhood, or experiments with poetic conventions...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012 1:18 am UTC

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"Since Feeling is First" by E. E. Cummings Divide this poem into sentences that express complete thoughts. Where...

One of the challenges with the poetry of e. e. cummings is to achieve precisely what you have mentioned - it is difficult to break it down into logical sentence structure. Obviously you might come...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010 12:37 am UTC

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"I carry your heart with me (I carry it in" by E. E. Cummings and "If You Forget Me" and Pablo Neruda are two famous...

Both poems depict elements of obsession. Although the gender of the characters is never specified, we will assume, for the sake of this analysis, that the speaker of each poem is male and the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 8:14 pm UTC

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Could someone help me with foregrounding in ""kitty". sixteen, 5' 1", white, prostitute"?

Foregrounding is any instance where an author or poet uses literary terms and calls attention to them through their salience. This poem uses plenty of foregrounding as the poet builds up his...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

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In E.E. Cummings poems, how does his life appear and contradict itself in these works? Please pay attention to these...

“in Just-” is a strong example of Cummings’ topiary style; by varying the line length and indentation, the poem on the printed page takes to shape of the “goat-footed”(read Pan) balloon man. As an...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011 3:19 am UTC

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What is an analysis of "Why Did You Go" by E. E. Cummings?

On the surface, the narrator is speaking to a little kitten who has fallen asleep with its eyes open. But the poem also speaks of spring, and in combination these images reflect Cummings’ interest...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 6:12 pm UTC

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Comment on the effectiveness of repetition in the poem "I carry your heart with me (I carry it in" by E. E. Cummings...

This poem is a pure, ardent, and heartfelt declaration of love. The speaker wants the one that he loves to know, unequivocally, that his love is genuine, passionate ,and uncompromising. He also...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 7:28 pm UTC

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How can I contact the estate for E. E. Cummings?

I believe the E. E. Cummings Copyright Trust (or estate) is handled by the Liveright Publishing Corporation. You can contract Liveright Publishing at the address below. I have included other...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010 12:31 am UTC

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In these poems by e.e.cummings, how does his life appear and contradict itself? "In Just-" and "next to of course god...

These two poems by the inestimable e. e. cummings clearly offer very different views on life. "In Just-" gives us a childhood pictue of the sheer joy of living as the children in the poem rejoice...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 8:00 pm UTC

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Which poem by Yeats should I choose to compare to "i am a little church' by e.e. cummings? The comparison should be...

There is an echo of cummings poem in the Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” not superficially (Byzantium was a great capitol, closer to a cathedral than a “little church") but in its placing of the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 4:50 pm UTC

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What two poems by e.e. cummings paint a colorful background?  

Persons initially approaching cummings’ poetry are often blinded by his innovative typographical and line-length experiments, and miss the beautiful layering of images that reflect his unique view...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013 4:03 pm UTC

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In the poem, "There is a here and...," is the essential meaning roughly parallel to the idea that the meek shall...

I have always found this poem to be one of the more difficult cummings poems to figure out. With e. e. cummings, it is really important to look at the non-traditional way he uses words because...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 12:34 am UTC

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I would like to compare "The Wheel" by W. B. Yeats to a poem by e. e. cummings and I do not know what I should...

You couldn’t have picked a more unlikely candidate to compare to this Yeats poem than e.e. cummings, for theme, and for style. Cummings did not see seasons as inevitably leading to death, but...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2012 10:58 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "what if a much of a which of a wind"?  

This poem is a good example of a Modernist poem. Modernist writers, like e. e. cummings, often drew upon the horrors of World Wars I and II in their writing, while at the same time emphasizing and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 11:05 am UTC

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