when life is quite through with by E.E. Cummings
"when life is quite through with" is another one of Cummings' poems on death. He speaks about life as we go through it, and after we grieve, life continues going on. Then as time passes, those who have grieved die as well.
Even though this is a quite depressing way of looking at life, it's true. None of us are immortal no matter how hard we try. We may lead a healthy life, live longer than our friends and chidlren, but we will eventually still die. Like most of Cummings' poems, this is written in free style.
when life is quite through with when life is quite through with and leaves say alas, much is to do for the swallow,that closes a flight in the blue; when love's had his tears out, perhaps shall pass a million years (while a bee dozes on the poppies, the dears; when all's done and said,and under the grass lies her head by oaks and roses deliberated.) Published in The Dial, January 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century
Life, Death, Nature