e.e. cummings: you shall above all things be glad and young

Posted On September 4, 2008

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“you shall above all things be glad and young
   For if you’re young, whatever life you wear
   it will become you; and if you are glad
   whatever’s living will yourself become.”

This is an expert from the beginning of the poem by e.e. cummings, titled “you shall above all things be glad and young.” I think this is a great poem. Although e.e. cummings can be hard to understand at times, the beginning of this poem contain words that all people, young and old, glad and heavyhearted, can relate to. He is saying that more than anything else you shall (which indicates the necessity) be happy–for if you are happy, life will go ‘your way’. If you are, above anything else, young–at heart–you will ‘find yourself’. Each person may interpret this poem in different ways, but however you interpret it, it is great advice.

To read this whole poem go to: http://deadparrot.home.pipeline.com/poetry/eec/eec9.htm