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“Who are you, little i?” is a poem written by E. E. Cummings.
Who are you, little i? Theme
In terms of the central idea, this frame presents the close connection between nature and childhood. A child is very close to nature but as he grows up this connection is disturbed. A child is capable of perceiving beauty and astonishment in the world of nature. In terms of the context, the speaker remembers his childhood days when he as a child looked at the setting sun in November through the window.
In terms of rhyme scheme, we have abided in other words the first line rhymes with third-line second rhymes with the fourth line, and so on.
Who are you, little i? Main Summary
Here, the poem begins with the poet’s question who are you, little i? He is not in fact asking a question but remembering his childhood days. We also notice parenthesis in the second and sixth lines which is another characteristic of Cummings’ poetry. The first five lines resemble the poet’s childish days. He remembers his childish days when he was five or six and sitting nearby the window and looking at the sunset. Here the poet has used of small letter ‘i’ for two purposes, first of all, he has used small ‘i’ for self-reflection or referring to himself as a child, and secondly, it shows the image of the poet indicated by the second line. He also used the semicolon between wind and at in the fourths line to suggest two different locations as inside and outside the window such as boy is inside the window and sun is setting outside it. Finally, the poem concludes with the statement that if the day has to become night this is a beautiful way and it also reflects the child’s excitement at the transformation of the day into night.
Therefore, for him, this is something beautiful. It can also be interpreted as the poet’s desire to see the end of his life where the days refer to life and night refer to death.
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