Wednesday, April 12, 2006

somewhere i have never travelled

This poem reminds me of the topic of my ALIS paper, especially the second, third, and fourth stanzas. My paper was about how the love conflicts with social life and norms, and how the strong emotions that arise from love cause people to make poor decisions in the eyes of their peers. The second and third stanzas talk about how love takes over that person's thought process, and how often when one is in love, they will do anything for their partner. This is shown when Cummings writes," or if your wish be to close me, i and/ my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,". The narrator says that he would give up his very life for his love if she but wished him to do it. Also, the fourth stanza shows the exultation of love and the idea that no other experience in the human repertoir is so great as love. This demonstrates why people become so obsessed with love and are willing to do anything for it.


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