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what if a much of a which of a wind... (XX) Analysis

Author: Poetry of e.e. cummings Type: Poetry Views: 962

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what if a much of a which of a wind

gives the truth to summer's lie;

bloodies with dizzying leaves the sun

and 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 flays

screaming hills with sleet and snow:

strangles valleys by ropes of things

and 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 dream

bites this universe in two,

peels forever out of his grave

and sprinkles nowhere with me and you?

Blow soon to never and never to twice

(blow life to isn't: blow death towas)

-all nothing's only our hugest home;

the most who die, the more we live.


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"Summer's lie" is that it will last forever. It does not. Peace, prosperity, life itself is temporary. Impending doom is our fate.

| Posted on 2013-11-21 | by a guest

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I like one interpretation of the poem commenting on war, and an apocalyptic one at that. It also comments on \"dumbing down\" of the people (soul to mind) etc. Then, at the last breath of the wind, a fatal blow...the soldiers motto comes in, where the more you got of the enemy, the better off you might be in living until tomorrow.

| Posted on 2013-01-10 | by a guest

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The poem explore three points ,the first one is how the wind can help on sending the speaker message , the second thing ,that the poet use through his poem more of natural elements which explore his view , Mohammad Nady El Al Sun

| Posted on 2012-10-21 | by a guest

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What if a much of a Which of a Wind
E.E. Cummings

“What if a much of a which of a wind gives the truth to summer’s lie?” Perhaps in this introduction, E.E. Cummings is aiming to make a comparison between a gust of wind and the essential purity of nature. Summer’s lie, as far as my own interpretation is considered is the embodiment of modernism; the rebellion, the technology, the attitude, the entire movement. This metaphoric gust of wind, or element of purity is what has been forgotten on account of new trends in society, which no longer include an appreciation for nature. Because of this modernistic alteration of culture, the world appears to be turned upside-down, though essentially, everything that was there in the first place remains; therefore, by blowing king to beggar and queen to seem, one has, in essence, changed nothing, a man, whether a king or beggar is still a man, and according to Cummings, this is the single secret, meaning that man is the fundamental cause for the changes the world is experiencing, and man is the only creature who can cause a shift, or stop the episode of modernistic movements from continuing into a mechanical phenomenon. In summary, Nature will not cease to exist, though if any creature and earth is capable of altering it into something dangerously artificial, it is man.
The second stanza of this poem is an extended personification of nature. It appeals sharply and provocatively to the reader, evoking feelings of fear and apprehension for something as ordinary and accepted as nature. As opposed to the poems first stanza, which was somewhat cynical, this part of the poem is more powerful and demanding. Instead of making illustrations in our minds of kings and queens, and beggars and seems, we are now compelled to imagine screaming hills, mountains, and forests, being choked to death snow. According to the poem, it is only those understand and accept nature who are safe, and those who have conformed to modern society are the ones who will be strangled by their own prosperity.
What is something so imaginative and ineffectual were capable of biting the world in two? It seems impossible to us now, though the further we continue with this modernism, the more these things of terror become possible. Nothing is our hugest home. Nothing is what is not new, is not modern, and is not claimed. It what has yet to become as well as what has been forgotten. Nothing is our largest home because it is infinitive. One may truly never know how much will become or how many more advancements there will be. The more generations the world goes through, the more the world develops. In other words, “the most who die, the more we live”

| Posted on 2005-03-13 | by Approved Guest

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