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Thy fingers make early flowers of

 

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Thy fingers make early flowers of by E.E. Cummings describes an everlasting love that does not yield to any distress, and obtains whimsical properties. The speaker is a lover professing his affection for his girl to the world around him. Our speaker intends to encourage the reader to find a love so magical and unyielding in which they may live a life and afterlife full of joy. The form and tone of the poem mirrors a love song in the repetition of “though love be a day”. In the first and second stanzas, the repetitive phrase stands alone to exemplify that the love they share will last but only a day, however the last line of the poem reveals the truth behind their true love. The girl being described is not certain of this relationship, but our speaker believes in it wholeheartedly, as Cummings uses distancing diction such as “straying” and “strangeness”. Furthermore, the poet repeats “all” in the second line of each stanza signifying that this girl is all-knowing or has some power over all in his life. She is the priority in his life and Cummings shows the reader that in the last line “and life be nothing, it shall not stop kissing”. Life does not matter to the lover as his life will end but his love will Always endure. Moreover, the first line of the poem signifies the birth or making of a love, but as the reader would expect a tragic end to this love at the end of the poem, it continues past death making it immoral. The poem as a whole lets the reader experience what it is like to fall in love, at first being a joyously sweet admiration, to the conquering of doubtful hardship in which truly strengthens the relationship till it is everlasting. Love can be a terrifying experience according to the speaker as but he tells his girl “do not fear” as it can also be a beautiful existence in which they “go amaying”.

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