Complete Poems, 1904-1962 by E.E. CummingsAt the time of his death in 1962, E. E. Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America. Combining Thoreaus controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression. He is recognized on the one hand as the author of some of the most beautiful lyric poems written in the English language, and on the other as one of the most inventive American poets of his time in the worlds of Richard Kostelanetz, the major American poet of the middle-twentieth-century.
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
We could summarize this poem really quickly by saying it's about a guy who's in love, like really in love. Of course, if you described it that way, you wouldn't really get the gist of just how bad the speaker has it for his lover. It's bad, y'all—real bad. He starts off by telling us that he's off on some fabulous journey deep into his lover's mysterious eyes. We hear all about how she has amazing powers over him. This lady can open and close him emotionally with the flick of her hand or the smallest of glances. The thing is he seems to be just as happy being shut down as being opened up.
Background The author, e. He often follows traditional structures such as sonnets, but writes in sentences that are not written in the traditional manner of grammatical combinations. His writing often seems disjointed because of his lack of syntax, and many have no type of punctuation. However, this does not hinder the meaning and emotionality of his poetry. This poem was written for his second wife, Annie Barton. He is explaining his feelings towards her, and the power that she has over him. It is notable that he is writing this to his second wife, indicating that his first wife lacked the ability to reach him that his second wife had.
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. This poem, like many by e. He wrote in this unconventional style for most of his career and was unapologetic. A skilful artist, he also 'sketched' his often fragmentary poems on the page.