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E. E. Cummings’ “i thank You God for well-nigh this awing”

Updated on Marchland 5, 2019

Linda Sue Grimes


Poesy became my passionateness, aft I vanish enamored with Walter de la Maria’s “Eloquent” in Mrs. Edna Pickett’s soph English category, circa 1962.

E. E. Cummings


Foundation and Schoolbook of Poem


Cummings’ groundbreaking poetical flair has precondition raise to the myth that the poet was a expectant societal maverick. Withal, his values remained rather mainstream, and his temperament was lots more ghostly than that of the mainstream. Cummings’ use of the lour suit “i” in the beginning someone pronoun was prompted by a signified of humbleness; he was more apt to capitalise the former personal pronouns than the ones referring to himself.

Poet E. E. Cummings was natural Edward Estlin Cummings on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His founder, Edward Cummings, was a prof of sociology and government at Harvard University, but he derelict the professoriate in 1900 and became an prescribed parson of the Southward Congregational Church, in Boston.

The jr. Cummings accompanied Harvard University and gradational in 1915 with a B.A. in English and classic studies. He likewise realised his M.A. at Harvard in 1916. At Harvard, Cummings came nether the piece of contemporaneity and the van, including the ultimate modernist Gertrude Stein. But finally for Cummings, the just material passing from traditional values was his stylus, especially his orthographic alterations. Cummings’ use of strange grammatic structures has precondition Cummings a report for insubordination that he does not really merit.


Cummings recognized the canonical tenets of his sire’s spiritual religion, and level produced poems that are elysian by the transcendentalist ism of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cummings’ spiritism is scoop experient done his sonnet, “i thank You God for almost this awesome.” This sonnet is clear an groundbreaking fluctuation of a Shakespearean sonnet. It consists of deuce-ace quatrains and a duet with the Elizabethan frost schema of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.

( Delight annotation: The spelling, “verse,” was introduced into English by Dr. Samuel Johnson done an etymological wrongdoing. For my account for victimization lone the archetype mannequin, delight see ” Hoar vs Verse: An Inauspicious Fault .”)

i thank You God for nearly this awing

i thank You God for virtually this awing

day:for the leap greenly booze of trees

and a blueing truthful aspiration of sky;and for everything

which is innate which is innumerable which is yes

(i who get died am animated again now,

and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the parentage

day of aliveness and of beloved and wings:and of the gay

large occurrence illimitably ground)

how should savoring touch audience beholding

ventilation any—lifted from the no

of allnothing—human but organism

question inconceivable You?

(now the ears of my ears alert and

now the eyes of my eyes are open)

Cummings recitation his “i thank You God for nearly this awe-inspiring”


Contempt claims contrariwise, E. E. Cummings did not lawfully modify his diagnose to “e. e. cummings”; he remained preferably established in his values disdain his forward-looking verse dash.

Kickoff Quatrain: Addressing the Elysian Dear

i thank You God for well-nigh this awe-inspiring

day:for the bound greenly booze of trees

and a blueing unfeigned daydream of sky;and for everything

which is raw which is myriad which is yes

In the kickoff quatrain, the loudspeaker is thanking God for the dish of nature, specially the trees and sky, but too for “for everything / which is lifelike which is numberless which is yes.” The utterer is thanking God for all that is plus.

Endorsement Quatrain: Celebrating Purport

(i who let died am animated again nowadays,

and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birthing

day of animation and of dear and wings:and of the gay

expectant occurrence illimitably land)

The irregular quatrain acknowledges the religious conception of rebirth when the talker declares, “i who sustain died am animated again now.” So forthwith he brings things dorsum to ground by declaratory that now is “the sun’s birthday,” as quotidian is, course. The verbalizer celebrates “spirit and beloved and wings” incorporating spiritualism on with nature.

Thirdly Quatrain: A Supplication Sonnet

how should taste affecting listening beholding

eupneic any—lifted from the no

of allnothing—human just organism

dubiety inconceivable You?

(now the ears of my ears arouse and

now the eyes of my eyes are open)

Memory that this sonnet is too a supplication, the referee faces a doubtfulness: how can a human really ponder the immensity that is Yours, that is, God’s?

The inquiry takes up the integral quatrain as the verbaliser describes the thrum as “savouring touch earshot beholding / eupnoeic”—a animal of feel sentience, who cannot comprehend God done the senses, but still, can understand God done the mortal.

Couple: Intimate Earreach and Sightedness

(now the ears of my ears wake and

now the eyes of my eyes are open)

The duad reveals that the verbaliser becomes cognisant of God’s mien done his inside senses of audition and beholding: “(now the ears of my ears waken and / now the eyes of my eyes are open).” The poet has set the more gossamer features of the sonnet in parentheses.

E. E. Cummings’ touch


© 2017 Linda Sue Grimes

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