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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 Theme

"if everything happens that can't be done" takes place in a world in which everything is possible, so of course there's going to be a good amount of awe and amazement. We see this in the poem's magical transformations, its hyperbole, and in its pure glee. Love is awesome, and awe-worthy in this one, so prepare yourself for some gasps, swoons, and sighs.

Questions About Awe and Amazement

  1. Where in this poem does the speaker seem most awed or amazed? How can you tell?
  2. Does anything in this poem awe or amaze you, the reader? Why?
  3. What do you think the most amazing part of this poem is? Why?
  4. How does the sense of awe and amazement in this poem relate to love? The natural world? What is the source of all the awe and amazement? Is it love? The natural world? The impossible happening?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The awe in this poem is caused by the speaker's love, which makes even the most mundane things, like leaves, amazing.

The speaker finds more awe and amazement in the natural world than he does in books because he's a fan of visual beauty.

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