What are the three kinds of mass destruction that E. E. Cummings refers to in the first six lines of each stanza of his poem "what if a much of a which of a wind"? what if a much of a which of a winde.e. cummingswhat if a much of a which of a windgives the truth to summer's lie;bloodies with dizzying leaves the sunand yanks immortal stars awry?Blow king to beggar and queen to seem(blow friend to fiend: blow space to time)—when skies are hanged and oceans drowned,the single secret will still be manwhat if a keen of a lean wind flaysscreaming hills with sleet and snow:strangles valleys by ropes of thingand stifles forests in white ago?Blow hope to terror; blow seeing to blind(blow pity to envy and soul to mind)—whose hearts are mountains, roots are trees,it's they shall cry hello to the springwhat if a dawn of a doom of a dreambites this universe in two,peels forever out of his graveand sprinkles nowhere with me and you?Blow soon to never and never to twice(blow life to isn't:blow death to was)—all nothing's only our hugest home;the most who die, the more we live

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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 cummings viewed the world through a darkened lens. This poem of dread and destruction describes forces that cause mayhem and damage. In the first stanza the winds may blow "king to beggar," but the real secret to destruction will still be humanity.

Although all the forces of nature cause destruction, repairs can be effected. The tornado finally blows out and reconstruction can begin; a blizzard can freeze things and cause harm and damage, but it will pass. 

It is humanity itself that is the most destructive, for its damage

...bites this universe in two,
peels forever out of his grave
and sprinkles nowhere with me and you(?)

Humanity is the only force that can cause such widespread and irreparable damage. Only humans can create the force that can do more than a blizzard or a tornado; only humans can break "this universe in two" with their hatred and wars.

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Cummings seems to refer to destruction by wind, snow and military might in the three stanzas of this remarkable poem. The summer wind that turns "king to beggar" seems to offer hope at the end, since "the single secret will still be man." The cold winter winds that "Blow hope to terror" still offer the possibility of new beginnings with the coming spring. But the final apocalypse comes from a n--uclear blast that "bites this universe in two." Its fallout includes the remains of humanity, which "sprinkles nowhere with me and you"; and, in the end, it offers a sad commentary about survival: "the most who die, the more we live." The winds are symbolic for "the essential purity of nature"--a force with which man can only hope to coexist and even alter, but never conquer.

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