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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

As a modernist poet, E. E. Cummings prioritized self-expression, which included a celebration of individuality, emotional complexity, and the subjectivity of truth. The 'force' of his poetry can...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019 9:09 pm UTC

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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

The syntax is different in this poem because the words are in an unusual order. Syntax is the arrangement of words and meaning. As you can immediately tell, e.e. cummings likes to break the rules....

Latest answer posted April 29, 2013 11:26 pm UTC

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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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since feeling is first

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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