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Dooms of Love

March 1, 2005

I am a big e.e. cummings fan! This was my first time reading "my father moved through dooms of love," but I've read a lot of stuff by old e.e. Some people get thrown off, I think, by the screwy punctuation (or the lack thereof) but I find I often enjoy his poetry. especially the dirty ones. hah! anyway...

This poem seems to document the grieving process of the narrator's father: he moved through the "dooms of love", "through depths of height." the poem seems to start in the spring, in April: "his april touch." Although there are a lot of references to "joy" there are similiarly a lot of references to sadness: "and should some why completely weep" , "griefs of joy" , "keen as a midsummer's keen beyond", "my father moved through dooms of feel"

he moves through the various cycles of grief, which as you probably know, aren't neatly packaged but vacillate wildly from one extreme emotion to another - hence the "griefs of joy" - basically - when you love a person so completely and then lose them... it is a grief of joy - you have happy memories coupled with one really horrid memory and your mood swings easily.

the seasons change: soon it is September ("septembering arms of the year") then October ("by octobering flame beckoned"). He gets through winter ("build a world of snow") and soon it is spring again and he sings again ("and every child was sure that spring danced when she heard my father sing")

Here, however, is where I get a little confused: now the poem takes a decidely dark and unhappy turn - is it just a person's newfound fear of death and the unknown that follows or is there more to it?

"all we inherit, all bequeath"

we are given everything but when we die we pass it on

i think the last two lines are beautiful:

"because my father lived his soul
love is the whole and more than all"

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