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somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

by E. E. Cummings

Awe and Amazement Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond (1)

We get the feeling that we're in for an awesome and amazing trip right from the get go. With this first line, we almost imagine some space ship, rocketing into some previously unknown dimension. Okay, we'll admit it. By "some space ship," we mean it reminds us of the opening of Star Trek. There's no doubt we're about to "boldly go" where no one's gone before.

Quote #2

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture (13-14)

We touch on this in our section on the theme of power too, but this line totally fits here as well. Once again, we're reminded of things that exist outside of this world. This girl's powers are so far out that we can't even truly perceive them. It's like they exist on another plane but still somehow have the power to control this one.

Quote #3

rendering death and forever with each breathing (16)

Is this line a reference to some kind of afterlife? Does the speaker's lover make him feel like he's dying, or like his soul is eternal and will forever be intertwined with hers? Whatever the case, this line once again brings up a sense of awe and amazement at the great big eternal… whatever-it-is.

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