Somewhere I Have Never Traveled

Jordan Robinson


Jon Brion - 'Row' from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" by Llendryon

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled,Gladly Beyond

e. e. cummings, 1894 - 1962

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 skilfully,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 you 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


This poem is literally about someone who has a deep admiration for something else. The speaker claims to be taken to another place "gladly beyond", the speaker is so mesmerized by his subject that he is out into a trance by her yet she has the power to "snap him out of it" so easily. Overall the speaker is amazed by the power that his subject has over him, but he doesn't quite understand why she has it.


The speaker expresses emotions of love and adoration. He is talking to someone, presumably a love interest based on how adoringly he speaks of them. And he describes their fragility and the power of it, his subject has the power to control him to a degree, it "opens and closes" him with just a glance. It's also apparent that the speaker makes his subject a priority. The speaker uses several emotionally charged words to express the tone such as: silence, frail, unclose, skillfully, mysteriously, beautifully, snow, fragility, forever, death, deeper, and roses.


The structure of this poem is very complex. Primarily the poem is free form, the message of the poem remains consistent throughout. In the beginning the speaker describes the power his subject has on him, in another stanza he expresses its importance to him, and he finishes by expressing his ignorance on what the source of is subject's power is.The speaker makes little use of punctuation aside from commas, parentheses, and semi colons. The speaker uses commas to list adjectives and adverbs to describe his subject. He uses parentheses to clarify his points in the middle of his thoughts, this symbolizes that his thoughts are extensive and jumbled. His semi colons are used as tools of comparisons.


The language of the poem is fairly formal. The imagery of the poem gets increasingly dark until the end. It begins with images of frailty, flowers, and snow, or innocence. In the end however, the imagery changes to death, rain, and eternity. The speaker uses words like "beautifully, death, snow, flower, and fragility" to create the imagery. "i have closed myself as fingers" the speaker uses this simile to suggest how his subject was able to "open" him despite his attempts to remain "closed". He tries to remain reserved but his subject forces him to open up to her or him or it. "You open always petal by petal as spring opens her first rose" this means his subject exercises its power in moderation, slowly. The speaker also uses another simile to compare the effect his subject has on him to the effect snow has on a flower, it's "beautiful an sudden".

Musical Devices

In this particular poem the speaker uses no rhyme scheme, alliteration, assonance, or consonance. This is likely because the speaker wanted to express his confusion regarding the power of his subject through the rhythm or lack thereof.