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when god lets my body be by E.E. Cummings


"when god lets my body be" is about how life is a never ending cycle. He suggests that after life, we are still on earth but going through nature's cycle. This is essentially a poem about death, but yet not an unhappy one as life goes on, even without us. You can look at it as the "circle of life" in some respects. We die, become part of the soil which grows grass. The grass is then eaten by cattle and then humans eat the cattle. Or choose whatever animal. It's essentially what this poem is about. We die, yet others continue to strive.


when god lets my body be

when god lets my body be

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit that dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passion wastes

will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow

Into strenuous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with her face
and all the while shall my heart be

With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea

Published in The Dial, .

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Literary Movement
Modernism, 19th Century


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