Somewhere I have never traveled

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ENGLISH 34.1 IMC : 

ENGLISH 34.1 IMC MISS KLEONE SOCONG

A MULTIMEDIA INTERPRETATION OF A POEM. : 

A MULTIMEDIA INTERPRETATION OF A POEM.

SOMEWHERE I HAVE NEVER TRAVELLED : 

SOMEWHERE I HAVE NEVER TRAVELLED by E.E. CUMMINGS

Somewhere I have never traveled … : 

Somewhere I have never traveled …

Gladly beyond any experience … : 

Gladly beyond any experience … your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, : 

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which I cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me : 

your slightest look easily will unclose me though I have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens : 

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens ( touching skillfully, mysteriously ) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, I and my life will shut beautifully, suddenly : 

or if your wish be to close me, I and my life will shut beautifully, suddenly as when the heart of this flower imagines The snow carefully everywhere descending …

Nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: : 

Nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with the color of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing

( I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses ) : 

( I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses ) Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands…

- E.E. CUMMINGS : 

- E.E. CUMMINGS

POEM INTERPRETATION : 

POEM INTERPRETATION Human Experience and the Speaker The poem speaks of a love that defies explanation, a love of great mystery that even the speaker deems it difficult to express accurately in words. The speaker, with intense and profound emotions of love, takes part in the actions of the poem and is solely alone in rendering his thoughts and feelings in the poem.

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Organization of ideas The poem utilizes Cummings’ structural style and unorthodox usage of punctuations with the repetition of key words such as “rose” and “eyes” for a greater dramatic effect. The words and phrases are bound to each other through his unusual use of the English language with regards to its modern usage. However, the progression of ideas proceeds logically and correlates with the overall theme of the poem and very much related to its intended meaning.

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Tone & Diction The speaker takes on a relatively serious and venerating disposition in referring to his love. The seriousness of the tone of the poem shows no sign of irony and reflects the emotions of the speaker towards his subject. The terms used connotes powerful sentiments of passion, love and perhaps of lust towards an unseen subject which suggests that, based on the connotative meaning of terms such as “rose” and “fragility”, it is female or perhaps a newborn child.

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Imagery & Symbolism The poem uses imagery and symbolism highly throughout the poem and makes use of the reader’s senses in drawing out an overall idea of what the poem is about. A metaphorical usage in the poem is as follows:“…I have closed myself as fingers”. The closing of oneself is compared to the clenching of a fist wherein the former is the literary term and the latter is the figurative.

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The use of symbols in the poem is also used characterize greatly by the cryptic nature of the poem which requires adequate thought in reading. The opening of roses in the spring petal by petal, as the poem dictates, is symbolic of the gentle opening of oneself in the course of a blossoming relationship and perhaps in love-making.

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Sound & Meaning The poem’s meaning reflects a solemnity found only within the speaker’s intense emotions and the sound of the poem relates to this meaning as it is earnest and serious. Towards the closing phrases of the poem, the author uses assonance and a little alliteration to heighten dramatic effects for a beautiful ending. The poem’s iambic hexameter is the predominant meter of the poem which should be slowly read so as not to alter the gravity of the poem’s nature.

PREPARED BY : 

PREPARED BY JOHN ANDREW LAURENTE MARVIN LABIS DANIEL FRANCIS D. ALVARO II JERECHO JAKE C. ROA

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