EE Cummings Making Me Mad!

"I am so glad and very"
e.e. cummings

I am so glad and very
merely my fourth will cure
the laziest self of weary
the hugest sea of shore

so far your nearness reaches
a lucky fifth of you
turns people into eachs
and cowards into grow

our can'ts were born to happen
our mosts have died in more
our twentieth will open
wide a wide open door

we are so both and oneful
night cannot be so sky
sky cannot be so sunful
i am through you so i


I especially love the last stanza. Madly. Deeply. Love it.

But I quite put my finger on what the "fourth" "fifth" and "twentieth" mean, and it's maddening.

He's given 1/4 of himself/his life, and she 1/5?

4x5=20. Coincidence?

My poetry-writing mentor, Doug Flaherty, and I have been volleying ideas back and forth, but are still waiting.

We stumbled across this interpretation: "I see this as about different lives -- maybe by your 4th or your 20th life you get something right. Maybe it's even lives within one lifetime. Maybe it's about the different people we are in different situations, too."

Still, I'm not convinced.

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