"since feeling is first" was published in 1926 as part of E. E. Cummings's collection Is 5. Like many poems in the collection, "since feeling is first" is a love poem that celebrates the joys of romance. The speaker also suggests that emotions tend to overshadow thoughts, arguing that the act of feeling is much more immediate and profound than turning to logic or reason. The poem exemplifies Cummings's unique poetic style, which often plays with standard grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Interestingly enough, the poem's speaker claims that analyzing life like a piece of syntax—breaking down its grammar and rules—keeps people from being present in life and fully appreciating things like love.