"[since feeling is first]"

Read EE Cummings' "Since Feeling is First" where feeling is the key to finding one's authentic voice.

"[since feeling is first]"
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E.E. Cummings was a 20th-century American poet recognized for his unconventional use of syntax and form. His subversion of syntax is just a part of a life spent subverting society and its conventions. In the following lessons, we'll dip our fingers into a life free of convention.
Be warned. Finding one's authentic voice is not easy. The mind can be relentless and aggravating. But beneath its clumsy efforts, you'll soon find a space for a life of joyful self-expression. We'll start with E.E. Cummings's poem "[since feeling is first]," a lighthearted sortie against syntax.
since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you;
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Since feeling comes first and thinking only later, thought can never know you intimately. It's an ironically logical observation for an ode to passion. Feel the gap between yourself and your mind. Paint the landscape between your original experience and the syntax or rules that cover it.
wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers.
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Cummings swears on "all flowers" that kisses are better than wisdom. In other words, "YOLO, life is short; let's make out."
Swearing on flowers is another delightful irony, after all they're the epitome of impermanence. At least he swears on *all* of them, so he's wholly authentic...for the moment. In this moment, what do you swear on by "all flowers"? Of which claim does your blood approve?
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
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Thinking is death for Cummings. The best gesture of our brains can't compete with the life going on around them. Look around you and describe one of a dozen things more intricate, more captivating, and more profound than your cleverest thought.

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E.E. Cummings Collection