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help with finding a poem
Posted by: lanark24 (---.ab.hsia.telus.net)
Date: May 23, 2003 11:16PM

I only know one line of a poem and I am trying to find the whole work. It might be from Yeats but I am not sure on that... any help would be welcome.

The line is...

nobody not even the rain has such small hands

Re: help with finding a poem
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 23, 2003 11:53PM

It is from e. e. cummings's Somewhere I Have Never Traveled Gladly Beyond:

E.E. Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands


Re: help with finding a poem
Posted by: E. Babi (---.buf.adelphia.net)
Date: May 24, 2003 01:11AM

I am looking for the complete words to: Splendor In the Grass. Is this a poem in an of itself or a passage from some other work.

I would appreciate any help you may give me in finding the words.

Thank you very much.

E. Babi

Re: help with finding a poem
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 24, 2003 01:20AM

Babi, it's from William Wordsworth's Intimations on Immortality. It has been discussed here many times. Most recently here:

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Re: help with finding a poem
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 27, 2003 04:14PM

RE: "nobody not even the rain has such small hands"

In the movie HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Elliot (Michael Caine) buys a book of e e cummings poems for Lee (Barbara Hershey) and tells her that this particular poem reminds him of her.

Re: help with finding a poem
Posted by: KD (---.algx.iadfw.net)
Date: May 27, 2003 08:02PM

Some friends of mine did not have songs sung at their wedding, but had poems read instead. This was one of them. Isn't that lovely!

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