"since feeling is first" by ee Cummings
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are better fate
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis
In "since feeling is first," Cummings expresses his feelings about love and death using metaphors. Identify these two metaphors and interpret the overall meaning of the poem.
First topic sentence is the interpretation and includes the poet's name and title and does not include personal pronouns, especially 'I'
Example: In "since feeling is first," Cummings expresses...
Sentences 2 and 4 include the metaphors in quotations (3 points).
Example: The first metaphor is "quote" shown on Line...
Sentences 3 and 5 explain how the metaphors connect to the overall interpretation of the poem (3 points).
Example: This comparison adds to the interpretation because...
Advanced English II
"When Your Punctuation Says All (!)" by Jessica Bennett, New York Times
Parenthesis can have three meanings: (1) a punctuation mark, (2) a word, phrase, or clause that adds an explanation or comment to a complete sentence, and (3) an interruption. Which meaning best fits the context of the poem of your choice and why? Use quotes from ONE (1) Cumming's poem and the New York
Times article to defend your argument.
Consistent verb tense. The entire analysis should be in PRESENT tense. - 3 points
Example: In "[why]," Cummings expresses...
Correct use of quotation marks when embedding textual evidence. TWO (2) quotes from the poem and TWO (2) quotes from the article to help defend your argument. - 4 points
Example: The subtle parenthesis around "he and she" (Line 2) goes along with the article's statement that "punctuation fills in the tonal holes" (Bennett).
Conclusion that does not just summarize, but reinforces or touches on a future note.
- 3 points
Example: When it comes to text messages and poetry, maybe punctuation means more than meets the eye, and humans should pay attention to them more - because maybe they speak more truths than the actual words do.