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dying is fine)but Death... (6) Analysis

Author: poem of e.e. cummings Type: poem Views: 19

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dying is fine)but Death






wouldn't like


Death if Death




when(instead of stopping to think)you


begin to feel of it,dying

's miraculous



cause dying is


perfectly natural;perfectly


it mildly lively(but




is strictly


& artificial &


evil & legal)


we thank thee


almighty for dying

(forgive us,o life!the sin of Death


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Returning to this poem time and again over the last 60 years, it has changed little but never fails to thrill anew. I do not ask for more from a poem. Since it is a poem and not something else, I can expect it to continue to amaze me, even though it has a sentiment unlike my own. Again, I do not ask for more. I resist the temptation to analyze a poem, but in this case, perhaps it wouldn't hurt: For cummings, as long as life exists, no pain (or joy) is too great.

| Posted on 2014-11-03 | by a guest

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i absolutley agree. the poem holds somany cold truths about our emotions concerning Death. fear, sorrow, blame. very deep and cuts to the core.

| Posted on 2013-01-16 | by a guest

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the poem is so interesting for stylistic analysis. And also the poem is like cumming\'s other poem it has some deviation like his word use, the shape of the poem, and the comparison between dying and death.

| Posted on 2013-01-08 | by a guest

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I saw dying as the physical death of a body but Death as the mental/ spiritual passing of a soul.the physical death in inevitable and the spiritual is scientific artifical legal and evil. The religous aspect definitly belongs to the spiritual passing as a sin, but the afterlife/eternal life comes after dying but not the \"Death\" cummings tone sounds ironic because of his stylistic choices but is really passionate as he seriously takes a direct stab at peoples mental/spiritual deaths (could this be unawareness?)

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest

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Important to the contrast between dying and Death are the tenses: dying appears to be our present, nature inclination towards the physical grave even during life, whereas Death is left to others to deal with legally and other wise. Also, Death is personified as something artificially induced or an evil being that science is working against so that mankind can avoid it. Death could also be viewed as mankind's sin against life, which is what Christ calls himself in John 14:6; Christ Jesus, being of the almighty God that the speak appeals to, would make a reasonable receptor of this poem.

| Posted on 2009-11-19 | by a guest

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Substitute living for dying. We begin to die the moment we are born. it is a natural ending to life.

| Posted on 2009-10-20 | by a guest

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I think this poem is saying that the poet is saying that Death is worse than dying. Dying is more peaceful and Death is more like, evil.

| Posted on 2009-05-27 | by a guest

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It seems like maybe the writer's talking about how morbid, semi-suicidal thoughts are self-indulgent and wrong. Death itself is natural, but to long for death is unnatural, it is the sin of being ungrateful for life. In the parentheses, the writer revels in the wrongfulness, in the morbidity. He's sort of being a goth. What self-respecting goth would like death if death were good. He wants to like the unlikable.
The poem is so nebulous though, it leaves so many interpretations in play.

| Posted on 2009-01-30 | by a guest

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what is the tone of this poem and the poetic devices used does anybody know?.

| Posted on 2009-01-13 | by a guest

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I don't really get the first part but I get the message of how death is mourned but it is natural and hey if your luckey you go to a better place

| Posted on 2008-11-13 | by a guest

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I think this poem is beautiful. We start dying the day we're born (which is why dying is "lively"). The word 'dying' in our culture has a bad connotation because usually people associate it with pain or sadness. But dying isn't sad, it's life. Death is sad.

| Posted on 2008-04-13 | by a guest

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i totally agree in this poem. death is (not that i would know.) legal and strict! but i believe dying must bbe peaceful. why? well because you are just giving eternal rest to your overused body.

| Posted on 2008-03-18 | by a guest

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