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O sweet spontaneous by E.E. Cummings

Analysis

"O sweet spontaneous" simply states that philosophers, scientists, and the religious have used earth for their own wants and needs. Nonetheless, every year earth still gives us spring. A common theme with Cummings is that life goes on, and this poem is another example of that.

This poem is written in dada like many of Cummings' other works. Honestly, no idea why. The extra spaces may be there to indicate that it can be seen as part of the old stanza and a new stanza all together, depending on how you wish to think about the writing. The same can be said about the interesting line breaks.

Poem

O sweet spontaneous
By 

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

          fingers of
purient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

      beauty      .how
oftn have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
        (but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

          thou answerest

them only with

                        spring)

Published in The Dial, .

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
Modernism, 19th Century

Subjects
Religion, Science, Life