Essay on explication of cummings' poem since feeling is first

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explication of e. e. cummings' poem since feeling is first

e. e. cummings' "since feeling is first" is about feeling (802). This is immediately evident from the title and first line, which emphasize the word "feeling" in several different ways. The stresses on "feel-" and "first," as well as the alliteration between those two words, make explicit their connection and importance, and the repetition of the same line in both title and first line serves to enhance the effect.

The meaning of the first line is clear, but because of cummings' characteristic absence of punctuation and capitalization as well as sentence structure, the next few lines are more ambiguous. The first three lines together could be
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The word "flowers" is a reference to the "Spring" mentioned in the second stanza, and moreover, these flowers are elevated to holiness, something worthy of swearing an oath. Such a simple thing, like feeling, is now transformed into the most sacred and important. In the line "the best gesture of my brain is less than / your eyelids' flutter," mental exertion, which is usually accorded such importance in our society, is reduced to less significance than the blink of an eye. The important thing is to experience life, not to analyze it or think about it.

One great life experience is love, which is present throughout the poem in phrases such as "kiss" and "lady"; however, it is addressed more fully in the fourth stanza. The line "we are for each other" explicitly identifies the speaker and the addressee as a couple. "Then" links this line to the next in a causal relationship, meaning "because we are together, laugh." The speaker is glad to be in love and revels in the delightful, sensual experience. The line "laugh,leaning back in my arms" has a lovely anapestic rhythm which coincides with the meaning of "leaning" and gives it a free, joyous feeling. This stanza urges the full experience of love.

The last line of the fourth stanza says that "life is not a paragraph." This means that life is not about writing; life is about experience and sensation. This writing-oriented word connects back to the use of "syntax" in the first

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