Analysis of e.e. cummings' since feeling is first Essays

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Analysis of e.e. cummings' since feeling is first

E. E. Cummings' poem "since feeling is first" is a poem which shows how emotions dictate people's actions and why the narrator thinks they should. The poem implies that to follow one's heart is better than following one's mind, yet, at the same time the poem is the narrator's analysis of why emotion comes before thought. The last line of the poem brings a twist on theme that the rest of the poem seems to be following. It speaks of death and of thought, rather than of life and emotion, showing that death is something that should not be ignored in life, and that thought is important even with the domination of feeling. Cummings enhances these themes by using the literary
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The title is written in lower case letters and only one of the lines in the poem begins with a capital letter, which is only one of three capital letters in the entire poem. Those words beginning with capital letters seem to have been chosen very carefully and also appear to contain specific significance. The first of these words is "Spring" (line 6). The previous line speaks of being a "fool" (line 5) which could symbolize that for the narrator the time of the poem is the spring of life, and that during spring, or youth one should live through the senses or feelings like a fool would. The second word that is capitalized is "Don't" (line 10). It is placed in the part of the poem that the narrator is telling his "lady" (line 10) not to cry. This is an important phrase because the female who is spoken to here is fretting because because of her lack of "wisdom" (line 9). Here, the narrator tells her not to cry and in doing so is also telling her not to analyze the world and her life and instead to enjoy the emotional side of life. The last word that is set apart by capitalization is "And" (line 16) which begins the last line "And death i think is no parenthesis" (line 16). This is important because the last line introduces a different tone. The preceding part of the poem appears to encourage people to grasp the day at hand and enjoy life, implying that death should not be a shadow in one's mind. This line states not to ignore

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