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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

This poem doesn't fall into any kind of established form or meter, but you can totally tell that Cummings wasn't just slapping random words on the page for fun. It might seem a little illogical at...

Speaker

The speaker never tells us his name, but he does make one thing clear: the dude is totally, completely, head-over-heels in love. How do we know? Because he talks about it in every line of the poem....

Setting

This poem isn't set in a specific place, but its imagery definitely makes some beautiful settings sprout in our minds. There's so much talk about roses that we can't help but imagine a gorgeous gar...

Sound Check

The speaker takes us on kind of a trippy journey into the eyes of his love. These eyes are deep, too—like portals into new dimensions. Our journey isn't fast; we sail slowly with the speaker, lik...

What's Up With the Title?

Like a bunch of other poets, Cummings never gave his poems titles, so editors just use the first line as the title of each poem. That said, "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" seems li...

Calling Card

If you knew anything about Cummings before you started clicking through this guide, you probably knew that he's the dude who said "whatevs" to capitalization, or at least had a lot of fun breaking...

Tough-o-Meter

This poem might be a tougher hike than some because of Cummings's cutting-edge, experimental techniques, but its familiar subject of love makes it accessible for most. Bring a bottle of water, a gr...

Trivia

Here's some juicy gossip: Cummings had a daughter by a lady named Elaine, the wife of his friend Schofield Thayer. To make things crazier, his friend knew about the affair and was cool with it. (So...

Steaminess Rating

This is a passionate love poem, so there's definitely some steaminess involved. It's not a seriously graphic kind of a thing, though, because all the sensuality comes in the arms of beautiful image...
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