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if everything happens that can't be done

if everything happens that can't be done

by E.E. Cummings

if everything happens that can't be done Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What does the concept of "one," based on what you've read in the poem, mean to you?
  2. What do you think is this poem's stance on books? Do you agree or disagree with this stance?
  3. What comes to mind when you try to think of something "impossible" happening?
  4. Do you think this poem is about romantic love? Could it be about other kinds of love, too?
  5. What do you make of all the weird wordplay, crazy grammar, and lack of punctuation and capitalization in this poem? Does it help the poem make meaning? How so? Does it confuse you at all? Where is it most confusing?
  6. If you head on over to "Form and Meter," you'll see that this poem is actually quite structured and formal. What is the effect of having such crazy ideas and wacky sentences be written in such a formal way?
  7. If you could give this poem a new title, what would it be?

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