The Greatest Emotion- Somewhere I Have Never... E.E Cummings

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The Greatest Emotion In the poem “somewhere i have never...”, author E. E. Cummings personifies the feeling of love and the almost mysterious and uncontrollable supremacy it seems to have over men. The poem is referring to the ability of the author’s, what seems to be, lover to affect him with “[her] most frail gesture[s] are things which me” (3). And yet, the author starts the poem by referencing his inexperience with love and almost expresses a wonder to this new experience (Cummings, 1). Within this poem, Cummings paints the imagery of love in almost every line. He begins describing his emotions, and himself, as “closed... fingers" (6), trying to hide himself from the emotions he has “never travelled” (1). The image of hands…show more content…
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