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E. e. cummings' Poem of Simplicity in Life This poem by e. e. cummings clarifies the connection between age and happiness by relating both with simplicity. With this simplicity, however, there is a break in reality, and there are impacts. We can only do what's natural for all of us. You will above all things be glad and young by e. e. cummings you shall above all things be glad and young. For if you're young, whatever life you wear it will become you;and if you are glad whatever's living will yourself become Girlboys may nothing more than boygirls need: I can entirely her only love whose any mystery makes every man's flesh put space on;and his mind take off time that you should ever think,may god forbid and(in his mercy)your true lover spare: for that way knowledge lies,the foetal grave called progress,and negation's dead undoom. I'd rather learn from 1 bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance In reading the very first line, it sounds like the focus of life is being youthful and joyful. This is because of the way the first portion of the sentence is worded. The term "shall" is much more of a command than a suggestion. It says something will be done, not that something may occur. What's more, it's stating that you will do something. To say that somebody else will do something reduces the meaning of the action. But as you, the reader, are making this activity, you are obviously involved with the action more than if somebody else has been creating this activity. So what is the writer saying you will do? You'll be "happy and young" before anything else. By saying that you'll be "young and joyful" before anything else places an importance on both of these activities because there is nothing, accordin...