Now that you know what the poem says literally, consider what it means to you more metaphorically. What do you think the poem means beyond the surface or literal level — what does it mean to you on a deeper more symbolic level?
Compose at least one paragraph (about 7-12 sentences). Include a topic sentence, support for your analysis with evidence from the poem itself, and a closing sentence.
Remember the concept of the persona — the narrator or speaker in the poem. You can interpret the poem in countless ways, but the interpretation is of the persona, not the poet. (Meaning, this poem may have nothing at all to do with e.e. cummings himself.)