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nobody loses all the time (X) Analysis

Author: poem of e.e. cummings Type: poem Views: 27

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nobody loses all the time

i had an uncle named

Sol who was a born failure and

nearly everybody said he should have gone

into vaudeville perhaps because my Uncle Sol could

sing McCann He Was A Diver on Xmas Eve like Hell Itself which

may or may not account for the fact that my Uncle

Sol indulged in that possibly most inexcusable

of all to use a highfalootin phrase

luxuries that is or to

wit farming and be

it needlessly


my Uncle Sol's farm

failed because the chickens

ate the vegetables so

my Uncle Sol had a

chicken farm till the

skunks ate the chickens when

my Uncle Sol

had a skunk farm but

the skunks caught cold and

died so

my Uncle Sol imitated the

skunks in a subtle manner

or by drowning himself in the watertank

but somebody who'd given my Unde Sol a Victor

Victrola and records while he lived presented to

him upon the auspicious occasion of his decease a

scrumptious not to mention splendiferous funeral with

tall boys in black gloves and flowers and everything and

i remember we all cried like the Missouri

when my Uncle Sol's coffin lurched because

somebody pressed a button

(and down went

my Uncle


and started a worm farm)


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On the surface, this may be a story about a perpetual loser. But pause to notice our hero's name: Sol. Does he perhaps have an affinity with Sol, the Sun? The lifegiver, the eternal cycler through the heavens?
Looked at from a less business-oriented, mercenary, human-centric point of view, Uncle Sol was a success at everything he did. From the chickens' point of view, his vegetable farm was a rousing success. Same for the chicken farm from the skunks' point of view, and the skunk farm from the point of view of the cold viruses.
And of course, those worms soften and fertilize the ground and make it friendly for the next round of vegetables.
The whole cycle, right down to the "worm farm" punchline, constitutes a little vaudeville routine of its own - and sure enough, here on the page is Uncle Sol, the entertainer, duly admired by his colleague in the music biz, giving us all a rueful smile as his comical sad sack schtick unreels before us.

| Posted on 2015-02-09 | by a guest

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This poem has a lesson; never give up no matter how many times you fail. This is about a old fellow named uncle sol who fails at nearly everything. He started a vegetable farm but the chickens ate everything, started a chicken farm but the skunks ate them, started a skunk farm but they go cold and eventually die. As a result, Uncle sol gives up on life since he thinks he is a fail at everything by drowning himself in the water tank. But, when he dies he can make a buisness of himself. His own body. He started a worm farm, which eventually worked at the end. Although, the endings a little gruesome.

| Posted on 2014-10-29 | by a guest

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‘nobody loses all the time’ by e.e. cummings is a narrative poem about the life of the narrator’s uncle, Sol. On a superficial level, the poem is a tale of perennial loser who literally loses all the time. He starts off as a vegetable farmer, but his chickens ate all the vegetables. So, he became a chicken farmer, "till the skunks ate the chickens." Sol then became a skunk farmer "but the skunks caught cold and died." Sol finally gives up, "drowning himself in the watertank." He now becomes something of pathetic joke. However, in the end Sol was able to make something of himself, becoming food for the worms. On the other hand, Uncle Sol could be viewed as an existentialist hero; that is, a man who may not win life's battles, but finds a certain dignity in striving to live. Through diligence and perseverance, he finally achieves dignity in his death, when he is feted with an elaborate funeral and finally accomplishes something worthy; ending up as food for the worms.

| Posted on 2014-04-28 | by a guest

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Is it possible that theme is that not everyone is a loser rather than time is not always lost? This could be a misconception, but Cummings word choice of nobody instead of no one could be intentionally misleading.

| Posted on 2012-12-13 | by a guest

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I dont gets it, he is daed. How can he has a farm derp?ss

| Posted on 2012-04-11 | by a guest

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I dont gets it, he is daed. How can he has a farm derp?

| Posted on 2012-04-11 | by a guest

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I think the poem basically means that you should never give up on yourself or lose faith in yourself no matter how much of a failure you may be.

| Posted on 2011-06-08 | by a guest

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the meaning is nobody loses all of the time(duh) because not even his uncle sol loses all of the time after everything he touches dies.

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest

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It has to do with how he everything he touched died, basically, but finally once he's dead (and buried in the ground) he "starts an worm farm," since they are decomposers and they are feeding off of him, so it is the first time succeeds

| Posted on 2009-03-18 | by a guest

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