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E.e. cummings' You shall above all things be glad and young E.E. Cummings' "You shall above all things be glad and young" is a poem written for a guy in love. It is a praise of the joys that love can attract men and women, yet also a warning of what can go wrong if you let your brain get in the way. This poem jumps out of three distinct shifts in the design of the speaker. At the first and second stanza Cummings is telling the reader the beauty of love. The forth and third stanzas are informing the reader to be careful with letting thoughts blur the innocence of their feelings. And finally, the couplet to terminate the poem implores you to go outside and live life with the same naivete which you ought to pursue love with. You shall 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're 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 Here, Cummings speech act is a command. He's telling you that until you do anything else in life, you should be glad and young. By using the word glad, Cummings is saying to be happy. If you do nothing else, grin. And by youthful, Cummings might not be telling you how to become physically young, which can be an impossible effort in the first place, but rather, be youthful...