Why did E.E Cummings write the poem "i thank you God for most this amazing?

Answer

Unless a poet has stated why he wrote a poem, no one can divine the reason from the poem itself. One can speak only to what the poem says and how it is executed. The following offers a brief commentary on what the poem says and how it is executed:

In the first quatrain, the speaker is thanking God for the beauty of nature, particularly the trees and sky, but also for "for everything / which is natural which is infinite which is yes." The speaker is thanking God for all that is positive. The second quatrain acknowledges the spiritual concept of reincarnation when the speaker declares, "i who have died am alive again today." Then immediately he brings things back to earth by asserting that today is "the sun's birthday," as every day is, of course. The speaker celebrates "life and love and wings" incorporating spirituality along with nature.

Remembering that this sonnet is also a prayer, the reader faces a question: how can a human being actually reflect the greatness that is Yours, that is, God’s? The question takes up the entire quatrain as the speaker describes the human as "tasting touching hearing seeing/breathing"—a creature of sense awareness, who cannot perceive God through the senses, but nevertheless, can realize God through the soul. The couplet reveals that the speaker becomes aware of God's presence through his inner senses of hearing and seeing: "(now the ears of my ears awake and / now the eyes of my eyes are opened)." The poet has placed the more ethereal features of the sonnet in parentheses.

Updated on May 11, 2020

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E. E. Cummings'
By Linda Sue Grimes
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