why did you go by E.E. Cummings
"why did you go" is a poem about a child's cat that possibly died. The author is asking "why did you go?", "where did you go?", and "maybe asleep?". This suggests the child perhaps doesn't understand or is trying to deny what has happened to his beloved pet.
In this poem, Cummings puts his mind inside a child's and comes out with a brilliant piece of writing. He didn't use his dada template, but he did use lowercase letters and his great imagination to write this. It is a great example of Cummings' large arsenal of poetic talent.
why did you go why did you go little fourpaws? you forgot to shut your big eyes. where did you go? like little kittens are all the leaves which open in the rain. little kittens who are called spring, is what we stroke maybe asleep? do you know? or maybe did something go away ever so quietly when we weren't looking. Published in The Dial, January 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century