O Distinct by E.E. Cummings
"O Distinct" is seen as a serious yet romantic poem. Cummings asks the "distinct lady" to accept him and escape the crazy world and settle down into a quiet life. Even though it is written in a serious manner, there are still instances of dada. Dada, of course, can be serious, but it is normally used as a way for Cummings to confuse us, find several meanings, or as a way to add humor to an otherwise serious situation.
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This poem speaks of his love for the woman of his "unkempt adoration". He wishes they would die together and live with the "noiseless worms". He says how faithful he has been to her and never speaks ill against her. So he asks her to take him and be with him forever.
O Distinct O Distinct Lady of my unkempt adoration if I have made a fragile certain song under the window of your soul it is not like any songs (the singers the others they have been faithful to many things and which die i have been sometimes true to Nothing and which lives they were fond of the handsome moon never spoke ill of the pretty stars and to the serene the complicated and the obvious they were faithful and which i despise, frankly admitting i have been true only to the noise of worms in the eligible day under the unaccountable sun) Distinct Lady swiftly take my fragile certain song that we may watch together how behind the doomed exact smile of life's placid obscure palpable carnival where to a normal melody of probable violins dance the square virtues with the oblong sins perfectly gesticulate the accurate strenuous lips of incorruptible Nothing under the ample sun, under the insufficient day under the noise of worms Published in The Dial, January 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century