Wednesday, 19 October 2016

E. E. Cummings is an American poet painter, essayist, author, and a playwright. Judging by the dominance of the theme of love in most of his poetry crafts, Cummings should be called the Shakespeare among his poetry colleagues.

The poem "Somewhere I Have Never Traveled Gladly Beyond" tells of the immense power of love with the alluring image of "eyes" and "rose" and "rain" and "flower". Such theme is largely covered in this poem of twenty lines divided into five stanzas of four lines per stanza.

The first stanza says of the attraction caused by seductive eyes and gesture which the poet has never before witnessed.

According to the second stanza, the feelings the poet tried to hide due to fear and shyness are forced open the same way a Spring time opens her first rose so (touching skilfully,mysteriously).
In stanza
three, the attraction has the ability to overpower the poet like a flower covered by rose.

The poet generalized his feeling in stanza four, saying that what he felt will equally be felt by anyone considering the skin color of his lover:
"nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing"
One among the very heavy lines of the poem is line nineteen "the voice of your eyes is deeper than roses". 

The line is a conclusive assertion to the poet's feeling; the subject's eyes is compared a living thing with a mouth to create voice and the voice created is in depth compared to rose flower. In short, the line contains imagery, personification and metaphor.
As much as the theme of love cannot be without mentioned, the theme of nature added an impact in representing the feelings of the poet; the Spring, the flower, the rose, the rain, the petal, the snow, etc.

There are imagery, metaphor, personification, enjambment, repetition, etc. One important thing to note in this poem titled "Somewhere I Have Never Travelled Gladly Beyond" by E. E. Cummings is the poet's feeling of attraction for an abstraction. The poet, with the use of ordinary expressions plus poetic recipes or devices, spoke of his undeniable attraction for an entity generally believed to be a feminine but the totality of the poem refused to clearly state a gender. The word beautifully in "I and my life will shut very beautifully" refers not to a lady but the poet's life. Even the use of "her" in line eight "her first rose" was referred to a season (Spring)

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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