“(i do not know what it is about you that closes”: Closing and Closeness in cummings

September 15, 2013

Keep Culture Weird

This is a sample blog post for Literary Interpretation, Fall 2013. Please use this as a model of the kind of post required by this assignment. Note, for instance, that this analysis is not comprehensive, but that it opens up the text of the poem for further discussion. What points of this analysis work seem to be supported by the poem, and how does this short essay develop those points? How does the poem itself trouble or complicate this argument? Are there moments in the poem that this argument does not address that might be useful to consider to add to this argument? If so, then we’re already becoming an interpretive community that is working through these implicit and symptomatic meanings publicly. Chime in below in the Comments section!

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Road Closed Sign

In “somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond,” e.e. cummings explores the complex means by which even simple language can…

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