O sweet spontaneous by E.E. Cummings
"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.
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O sweet spontaneous 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, May 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century
Religion, Science, Life