e. e. cummings was an author unlike any other during his time. He did not follow traditional styles in literature. I was very surprised when covering him in class. I had never read any of his works, but I found his writing style rather fascinating. I think that the way he could create so many emotions and show so many things at once was a great talent. While reading more poems by cummings the one that caught my attention was “since feeling is first”. It seemed to have a great meaning behind it. I wanted to know more about why it was written the way it was and exactly what it was suppose to portray. What was e. e. cumming’s reason for writing “since feeling is first”?
Below is a video I found that does an awesome job of giving a background of e. e. cummings and also providing an analysis on “since feeling is first”.
One explanation as to why cummings wrote the poem is that is was to show that emotions come before anything else. His writing style plays a major role in understanding this poem. It is important to know that he does not follow traditional conventions of poetry, and he does not focus on being correct. The poem is written to show that if you dwell on how things are supposed to be you will never truly recognize how great they are in their true nature. The lines “the best gesture of my brain is less than your eyelids’ flutterwhich says” are very important. They state that even when the brain tries it’s best to understand what is happening what the narrator’s girlfriend looks at him it can not compare to the emotions it creates. Throughout the poem he proves through various literary techniques that if you think too hard you will never be fully capable of knowing someone or yourself. It is about enjoying life and making the best of it even when things are not a certain way.
Another explanation as to why he wrote them poem was to tell the audience to live and love. Throughout the poem love is a major theme. It emphasizes that if you pay too much attention to the specific things about someone you will never be able to truly love and accept them. He says that it is justifiable to act like a fool when you love someone, and everything does not have to be organized. He uses a emphasis on the word spring to show happiness, brightness, excitement, and chaos and then relates it back to a loving relationship. He connects that foolishness you let out during spring to how you should act when you love someone. He states “for life’s not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis” This means that life and death do not have to be structured and confined. Unlike a parenthesis, that confines words within them, people’s lives do not have to be confined to rules and mechanics. It is important in order to die that one must first live and most importantly love.
I think that he had various reasons for writing this poem. I think that stressing through his writing mechanics that structure is not always necessary was important. I think that he was definitely trying to say if you look to long for something to be wrong you are going to find it. The relationship between emotions and the mind he created throughout the poem corresponds with the way people read his poems. At first when a reader reads his poem they can feel the emotions given off by his wording and writing style. After the mind thinks and looks at the format the brain begins to tell the reader that his writing is not right because it is not organized and normal. I have to say I really like e. e. cummings as a poet, even though his poetry is sometimes hard to comprehend. He was a very talented writer that is devalued to some degree in my opinion.