Complete Poems, 1904-1962

Complete Poems, 1904-1962 E.E. Cummings
  • Title: Complete Poems, 1904-1962
  • Author: E.E. Cummings
  • ISBN: 9780871401526
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Complete Poems, 1904-1962 E.E. Cummings Complete Poems At the time of his death in E E Cummings was next to Robert Frost the most widely read poet in America Combining Thoreau s controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohe
    At the time of his death in 1962, E E Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America Combining Thoreau s controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth century revolution in literary expression He is recognized on theAt the time of his death in 1962, E E Cummings was, next to Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in America Combining Thoreau s controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, Cummings, together with Pound, Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth century revolution in literary expression He is recognized on the one hand as the author of some of the most beautiful lyric poems written in the English language, and on the other as one of the most inventive American poets of his time in the worlds of Richard Kostelanetz, the major American poet of the middle twentieth century.
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    About E.E. Cummings


    1. Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894 He began writing poems as early as 1904 and studied Latin and Greek at the Cambridge Latin High School.He received his BA in 1915 and his MA in 1916, both from Harvard University His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.In 1917, Cummings published an early selection of poems in the anthology Eight Harvard Poets The same year, Cummings left the United States for France as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War I Five months after his assignment, however, he and a friend were interned in a prison camp by the French authorities on suspicion of espionage an experience recounted in his novel, The Enormous Room for his outspoken anti war convictions.After the war, he settled into a life divided between houses in rural Connecticut and Greenwich Village, with frequent visits to Paris He also traveled throughout Europe, meeting poets and artists, including Pablo Picasso, whose work he particularly admired.In 1920, The Dial published seven poems by Cummings, including Buffalo Bill s Serving as Cummings debut to a wider American audience, these experiments foreshadowed the synthetic cubist strategy Cummings would explore in the next few years.In his work, Cummings experimented radically with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax, abandoning traditional techniques and structures to create a new, highly idiosyncratic means of poetic expression Later in his career, he was often criticized for settling into his signature style and not pressing his work toward further evolution Nevertheless, he attained great popularity, especially among young readers, for the simplicity of his language, his playful mode and his attention to subjects such as war and sex.The poet and critic Randall Jarrell once noted that Cummings is one of the most individual poets who ever lived and, though it sometimes seems so, it is not just his vices and exaggerations, the defects of his qualities, that make a writer popular But, primarily, Mr Cummings s poems are loved because they are full of sentimentally, of sex, of or less improper jokes, of elementary lyric insistence During his lifetime, Cummings received a number of honors, including an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1958, and a Ford Foundation grant.At the time of his death, September 3, 1962, he was the second most widely read poet in the United States, after Robert Frost He is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston, Massachusettsurce poets poetsorg poet e


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    1. A friend of mine called me today to ask me to send him an e e cummings poem I used to have on my wall at work when I worked with him oh, a decade ago Neither of us thought it would be necessary for him to tell me which one, and so I sent him this one somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyondany experience, your eyes have their silence in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,or which i cannot touch because they are too nearyour slightest look will easily unclose methough i ha [...]

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    2. Dear Edward,In the rain darkness, the sunset being sheathed, i sit and think of you You may find this peculiar, that I think of you, without knowing you, but it s true And, though i am a little church no great cathedral , I d have made my love known to you, if ever we d have had the serendipity of occupying the same space In fact, my dear, I m quite certain I d have stalked you I can not help myself, you poser of clumsy You, with your fancy words pressed into peasant s pants, to disguise your ge [...]

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    3. I love e.emmings poetry There is nothing like it I can hardly review something so amazing, to be honest there s time for laughing and there s time for crying for hoping for despair for peace for longing a time for growing and a time for dying a night for silence and a day for singingbut than all as your than eyestell me there is a time for timelessness e.e.c.And there s a time to shut up and just appreciate some amazing poetry.

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    4. anyone lived in a pretty how town with up so floating many bells down spring summer autumn winterhe sang his didn t he danced his did.Women and men both little and small cared for anyone not at allthey sowed their isn t they reaped their samesun moon stars rainchildren guessed but only a fewand down they forgot as up they grewautumn winter spring summer that noone loved him by when by now and tree by leafshe laughed his joy she cried his griefbird by snow and stir by stillanyone s any was all t [...]

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    5. oh that i could give this book every star, star in the starry sky every gasp whisper and wonder, every dream of a dream unheard of, sentences, the roar of my bleating beating heart every blinking winking of my parabolic eyelashes, my moon wrists skyscraper calves bridged feet and the city of wonder that he has at one time never time discovered my little mouth in open joy knows not the path to the sly slippery of his genius He that questions language knows its secrets.

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    6. a s ae tu ei am io my ou be u

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    7. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond by E E Cummingssomewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyondany experience,your eyes have their silence in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,or which i cannot touch because they are too nearyour slightest look easily will unclose methough i have closed myself as fingers,you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens touching skilfully,mysteriously her first roseor if your wish be to close me, i andmy life will shut very bea [...]

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    8. This tome will be on my currently reading list for quite a while Yesterday my husband was watching an old James Caan movie, The Gambler when he paused it and said, Step away from the computer Now I m going to give you three words from a poem which he d heard recited in the movie and I want you to tell me the poet The words were Buffalo Bill s defunct I immediately spit out, e e cummings Then I went and grabbed this book and read him this poem which I d memorized in high school English He shook h [...]

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    9. of all the collections of e e s worksthis is the finestcomplete, of course, why wouldn t it be as is the sea marvelousfrom god shands which sent her forthto sleep upon the worldand the earth withersthe moon crumblesone by onestars flutter into dustbut the seadoes not changeand she goes forth out of hands andshe returns into handsand is with sleep.love, the breakingof your soul uponmy lips

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    10. This is on my currently reading list, becuase for me, this is a book you read in dribs and drabs It s rather the same as if you don t want to O.D on a potent drug, such is the Beauty of this volume When I think of the wordpoetrythis is one of the definitions see also ts eliot, stephen crane, homer, vergil, tennyson, and browning for starters sheer exquitiness unbounded utter language unfetterd magic i guess i just loves all them little letters

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    11. i used to read this book on the floor of the bookstore in Singing River Mall in Gautier Mississippi cuz i had no money to buy it then one Christmas my friend Andreabought it for me i have not gotten tired of a single poem reading his poetry is like reading it for the first time every time fiercly original startlingly beautiful.i cant say enough about this man and his talent.

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    12. Buffalo Bill sdefunct who used to ride a watersmooth silver stallionand break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat Jesushe was a handsome manand what i want to know ishow do you like your blue eyed boyMister Death My favorite ee cummings poem And I still am not entirely sure what it s about P.S I can t get the spacing exactly right because of the review formatting but yeah

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    13. you said Isyou said Isthere anything whichis dead or alive beautifulthan my body,to have in your fingers trembling ever so little Looking intoyour eyes Nothing,i said,except theair of spring smelling of never and forever.d through the lattice which moved asif a hand is touched by ahand whichmoved as thoughfingers touch a girl sbreast,lightly Do you believe in always,the windsaid to the rainI am too busy withmy flowers to believe,the rain answered

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    14. i d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance An amazing poet, never uses a capital letterd he was not afraid of the censors of his time Clear, moving, American poetry as hat racks into peach trees grow

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    15. INDAH itulah mengapa saya sangat mencintai puisi puisi E.E Cummings oleh syair cintanya yang membuai, saya pun takluk dan mencintainya sampai detik ini rasanya tak pernah bosan bercinta setiap malam dengan kata katanya yang lembut dan penuh cinta seperti menemukan ruang berbagi perasaan atas kemelut jiwa seperti menemukan kata penghiburan atas kesepian seperti menemukan bahu untuk bersandar atas kelelahan seperti menemukan pelukan hangat atas segala kesedihan dan seperti menemukan teman berbinca [...]

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    16. Cummings was an early favorite 100 Selected Poems was the first book of poetry I purchased and was read over and over.The complete works has been with me for much time, drifted in and out of it As is usual with complete works, when you are accustomed to the best, the lesser entries are a disappointment The endeavor is a treasure hunt With Cummings, the material is somewhat redundant in approach for every poem you love, there are five attempts that miss not necessarily a negative as, in a scholar [...]

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    17. I had encountered bits and pieces of E.E Cummings poetry, here and there, throughout the years, and generally enjoyed it The wordplay, unique visual arrangements, and willful flouting of some grammatical rules made for a change from the typical, formulaic poetry I was so familiar with from school This collection was eye opening, in its breadth It turns out Cummings had written a variety of kinds of poetry, before settling on the iconic style most now associate with him The subject matter is also [...]

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    18. This book is mammoth, and I regret I have yet to read it fully cummings can be so frustrating that it is rather impossible to read this book from front to back like a good spy novel But, his imagery is beautiful, and on occasion it feels as if your mind has grafted into his when everything begins to click into place even when you have no idea what the hell he s talking about.Right now, I m about 40% of the way through, and that s okay If I die at the age of 55, I ll probably have finished this b [...]

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    19. He is the father of free thinkers and all lovers His poetics launched a whole new attitude and possibilities flourished because of his relentless courage to obliterate literary correctness He dared to be different He dared to be silly He soars high above all other poets who are earthbound by formulaic prose When I read one of his poems, it rattles my cage for days It is unnecessary to understand it in the usual sense His craftiness speaks to the subconscious and evokes emotion and intuition I am [...]

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    20. Not that I like everything that e.e cummings does as I m not typically fond of his syntactic stylistic manipulations , but some of my most favorite poems are by him and so for that reason alone I give this collection high marks I was familiar with his poem about Buffalo Bill, but it was really the Woody Allen movie Hannah and Her Sisters that exposed me to his work, as Michael Caine s character quotes somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond to his lover or exactly, his wife s sister I s [...]

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    21. What is so refreshing about EE Cummings is his joyful perspective on life While his style and form is not traditional, many of his main themes are love, sex, life, death, childhood, the role of an individual in relation to others, the search for ones true self.Cummings is an iconoclast who rejects many traditional forms of control that limit individualism, but he does not devote his attention to an anger towards these forces Several of his poems treat them dismissively, intellectually, and inste [...]

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    22. my mind isa big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch andtaste and smell and hearing and sight keep hitting andchipping with sharp fatal toolsin an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms ofchrome and execute strides of cobaltnevertheless ifeel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly ambecoming something a little different, in factmyselfHereupon helpless i utter lilac shrieks and scarletbellowings.

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    23. This book was so freaking long and there were like a million poems in there but I really, really enjoyed reading them all I didn t like all of the poems, but I liked a good deal of them, and there were 10 or 15 that really spoke to me that I particularly enjoyed and will make sure to read over those ones again I m no poetry expert, and I m new to E E Cummings, but I thought I d give his poetry a try and I m glad I did

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    24. E.E Cummings has the most original and creative style I ve ever read He has his own system of punctuation and grammar It s as if he s putting his stream of consciousness directly onto the page If anyone wants to know and enjoy American poetry, Cummings has to be included near the top of your reading list Also, he s pretty easy to understand.His poems didn t have titles as if he was just jotting down immediate thoughts I always go back to reading his poems and I always will.

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    25. As with all poetry this cannot be consumed in one setting and of course there were poems that stood out than others but overall reading the lyrical in my opinion reading poetry by cummings was a highly enjoyable experience.Also I had an electronic version of this so it may not be all the works but the majority for sure.

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    26. cummings is my favorite poet Have purchased three copies of this book for friends who want to read poetry but don t know where to begin Also worth checking out is cummings reading his own works My friend lent me an audio cassette of cummings reading selected poems and it is equally compelling Absolute genius.

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    27. I am continually amazed at the genius of Cummings You know how you see and details when you see a movie for a second or third time The same is true in reading and re reading the poetry of Cummings with each new reading my mind sees and details and possibilities.

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    28. so overwhelmed by the poetry and proud that i own this book beautiful, beautiful poems.

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