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if everything happens that can't be done

if everything happens that can't be done

by E.E. Cummings

Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

forever was never till now (27)

Though we haven't heard anything about love yet in this poem, thinking about "forever" sure does make us think about love. This line also tips us off that when we do hear about love, we know that it's not just puppy love, but a forever kind of love. You know, the kind of love that makes things that seemed impossible possible?

Quote #2

now i love you and you love me (28)

How simple and straightforward. The speaker is addressing someone whom he loves, and who he seems to be pretty sure loves him back. We're happy for him, and we're also happy that we can finally figure out the reason why our speaker is so darn playful and happy in this poem. It's an a-ha moment for us readers.

Quote #3

there's somebody calling who's we (36)

The speaker feels his love for this person is changing him from a "me" to a "we." It's as if this mysterious "we-ness" is calling him on the telephone, just to let him know that he's more than himself now; he's the person he loves, too.

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