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if everything happens that can't be done

if everything happens that can't be done

by E.E. Cummings

Education Quotes

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Quote #4

(and birds sing sweeter
than books
tell how) (20-22)

Again, these lines seem to point out a negative about books that we've never really considered before – that books don't sing. Birds, however, do, so perhaps we should listen to them rather than what we read in a book.

Quote #5

(with a shout
each
around we go all) (33-35)

These lines bring us back to the glee and joy of recess. They make us think of a circle of kids, spinning around and shouting some word game. Ah, remember the good old days of elementary school?

Quote #6

(we're everything greater
than books
might mean) (38-40)

These lines are the finale of this poem's anti-book sentiments. "We" – which here means the couple in this poem, but probably also people in general, and specifically people who are in love – are just plain better than books.

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