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if everything happens that can't be done

if everything happens that can't be done

by E.E. Cummings

Awe and Amazement Quotes

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Quote #1

if everything happens that can't be done (1)

This line sets up the impossible to happen in this poem, which we think would cause an awful lot of awe or amazement. Or perhaps it's awe and amazement at the wonders of being in love that creates this world in which nothing feels impossible. Ah, the age old question: is it the chicken or the egg?

Quote #2

(with a what
which
around we come who) (15-17)

This sounds like something that someone who's in awe, or at least shock, would say. Quick questions, fired one after another, give us the feeling that something wild is happening, and our speaker can't quite wrap his head around it. (Hey, neither can we!)

Quote #3

and deep in the high that does nothing but fall (32)

The amazement of euphoria plays a role in this line, and by this part of the poem, we know that we're dealing with the euphoria of love. This love is so intense that it feels deep and high at the same time. Saying that it does nothing but fall means that the feeling can't possibly get any higher. It's at its top point, its apex. But here's a question: isn't this a sad moment in the poem? If you're at the height of love, well, then it's all downhill from here.

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