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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

Published in The Dial, .

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Literary Movement
Modernism, 19th Century

Life, Death, Nature

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