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my father moved through dooms of love Tough-o-Meter

By E. E. Cummings

Tough-o-Meter

(7) Snow Line

You probably ought to dress warmly before you set out for a hike through these "dooms of love" (1.1). Cummings's avant garde techniques, especially his weird syntax, definitely make you have to read some of these lines a couple times before you get it. It's totally worth the trip, though. In the end, the poem is a beautiful ode to a father who's died. Ultimately, it's about something simple and poignant, which makes it a piece that anybody can understand.

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