An Interpretation of My Sweet Old Etcetera by E.E. Cummings'
"my sweet old etcetera" is part of E.E. Cummings' "is 5" collection of poetry, which was published in 1926. This poem and most of Cummings' other poetry was known for its typographic innovation. One will definitely notice that there are only two capitalized letters in the whole piece and not one period. The only punctuation mark present is the comma, creating pauses in the speech. Basically the whole poem is a big run-on sentence. "my sweet old etcetera" was written, as well as most of Cummings' other poetry, to have visual effectiveness and content as well as literary effectiveness and content. After all ...view middle of the document...
.or even sentences at all for that matter."
my sweet old etcetera
aunt lucy during recent
war could and what
is more did tell you just
what everybody was fighting
Cummings maybe talking to himself at this point, telling himself that his Aunt Lucy did warn him about the war and why they would be fighting it. A lot of boys and men go into war all excited about it not realizing what war will do psychologically and physically. They don't understand what war is all about.
isabel created hundreds
hundreds) of socks not to
mention shirts fleaproof earwarmers
etcetera wristers etcetera, my
These lines are telling us about his sister's work in making all of these things for the hundreds and hundreds of men that are going to warm. They are all items that keep humans warm. One would have a warm feeling when reading this. If you are wondering what "wristers" are I cannot tell you what they are because I could not find the definition. They are probably things that go around the wrist to keep them warm
mother hope that
i would die etcetera
bravely of course my father used
to become hoarse talking about how
it was a privilege and...