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The First Time The art of poetry is typically not an easy study In most cases the reader is faced with several sources of double meanings and the freedom to interpret these meanings as they please not necessarily in the way in which the poets would have intended To many this is what makes poetry so much more beautiful and meaningful than other forms of literature To others though these characteristics contribute to poetrys tediousness and source of confusion As with many poems E E Cummings she being Brand is filled with ambiguity and connotative meaning As one initially reads the piece she may interpret it as a brief account of a young man taking his brand new car out on the open road for her maiden voyage Upon further examination though the poems double meaning becomes evident through its form language and vivid imagery The role of form in she being Brand as well as with most poems is one of great importance The theme subject and meaning are all reliant on the way in which the words are read By ignoring the break up of the stanzas and the positions of the lines the reader gets stuck on the literal meaning of the piece It is only when one looks to the peculiar style of this poem that its double meaning is vividly evident In reading she being Brand one must pay close attention to the arrangement of the words the punctuation and the capitalization As the reader looks at the page in front of her the unusualness of the form is one of the first tings to be noticed Some of the stanzas consist of several lines thoroughly oiled the universal joint tested my gas felt of her radiator made sure her springs were O 6-8 while others are just one line avenue i touched the accelerator and give 22 and still some are
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