somewhere I have never traveled,gladly beyond

by E. E. Cummings

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Why is the word "Spring" capitalized in "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond"?

In this poem, the word "Spring" is capitalized to emphasize its importance. It is especially emphasized because it is the only capitalized word in the whole poem.

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In the poem "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond," the speaker describes the love that he feels between himself and the person to whom he addresses the poem. He describes this love as delicate and sensuous. At the end of the second stanza the speaker says, "you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens / (touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose." The image described here is of a rose slowly and delicately opening during the first days of spring.

The rose is of course a common symbol of romance, but can be read here as a metaphor for the speaker, who says that the love he feels for this person, and the love that that person feels for him, makes him feel as if he is flowering just like a rose. In other words the speaker feels as if he is becoming more beautiful, and fulfilling his potential, because of the love he feels. He feels this love like a rose might feel the heat of the sun in spring.

In the aforementioned lines, and indeed in the whole poem, the only word that is capitalized is the word "Spring." The poet likely capitalizes this word to emphasize its importance. The word "Spring" is important in the poem because the season symbolizes new life, warmth and beauty, and, as such, encapsulates perfectly how the speaker feels about his love for the person he addresses. His love for this person makes him feel as if he is beginning a new life, and as if he is warm and beautiful. It also makes him feel delicate, like the slowly opening petals of a flower.

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