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

Life Image

Posted On September 4, 2008

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I love this image. It depicts the stages of life. The first panel is of a boy flying a kite by a small tree at dusk. The next panel, the boy has fallen in love, the tree is larger, and there is also a very tiny tree sprout. In the third panel his loved one (the girl from panel number two) has passed away; pay attention to the tree growth signifying the amount of time that passed. The final panel depicts both of them have passed away. The kite tied to the tree signifies that the life cycle will still continue with another child, who then falls in love, and so on.

Image source: http://www.edg3.co.uk/snatch/life.jpg