Selected Poems

Selected Poems E.E. Cummings Richard S. Kennedy
  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: E.E. Cummings Richard S. Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9780871401540
  • Page: 151
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  • Selected Poems E.E. Cummings Richard S. Kennedy Selected Poems The one hundred and fifty six poems here arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E E Cummings s biographer include his most popular poems spanning his earliest creations his vivacious lingui
    The one hundred and fifty six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E E Cummings s biographer, include his most popular poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up to his last valedictory sonnets Also featured are thirteen drawings, oils, and watercolors by Cummings, most of them never before published.The selectioThe one hundred and fifty six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E E Cummings s biographer, include his most popular poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up to his last valedictory sonnets Also featured are thirteen drawings, oils, and watercolors by Cummings, most of them never before published.The selection includes most of the favorites plus many fresh and surprising examples of Cummings s several poetic styles The corrected texts established by George J Firmage have been used throughout.
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    About E.E. Cummings Richard S. Kennedy


    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. since feeling is firstwho pays any attention to the syntax of thingswill never wholly kiss you It s a stroke of luck that this is the first E.E Cummings book I d get my hands on, seeing as it contains small introductions by Richard S Kennedy Without those introductions I would have been lost Honestly As much as I have relished and soaked myself in Cummings poetry, I could as easily have drowned and never been found I am thankful I didn t There are some of his poems I simply don t get, and some i [...]

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    2. I d rather learn from one bird how to singthan teach ten thousand stars how not to dance I have always been a little intimidated by E E Cummings poetry Just one look at one of his futuristic experiments with syntax and punctuation was than enough to convince me that he was too difficult for me to read But as it turned out it was silly of me to give up on him I just needed the right guidance to his authorship which this edition happily provided me with Though I can t claim to understand all of h [...]

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    3. Another collection I wish I could give 5 stars to Cummings was truly a wordsmith and I was in awe by several of his beautiful poems However, at times I felt as though I was reading Finnegan s Wake some of the poems were just a bit too crazy and nonsensical.And as for favourites, here s mine some ask praise of their fellowsbut i being otherwisemade composure curvesand yellows, angles or silencesto a less erring end myself is sculptor ofyour body s idiom the musician of your wrists the poet who is [...]

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    4. Such a disappointment, since there are moments of poetic brilliance scattered here and there and it is evident he was a brilliant man If I owned this copy, I d have highlighted them so that I could share some of those gems This is the first time I have read a collection of his poems hitherto I ve just read one here or there and usually liked those True, e e cummings was doing new things with poetry, but I have read better poets, or at least poets I liked better, who were also brilliant Also, to [...]

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    5. Well, he gave us the perfect line cut, edgy, bold like a shining diamond He was modern than the modern poets today Yes, that s the truth And, of course he was wonderful painter, artist What else do we need In times when almost everyone wrote like they wrote 200 years ago he showed us that there is another way to put the lines, another way to go at the subject you can just cut it in half and to hell with it One of the best avant gard poets and he was guarding his style with his massive work, you [...]

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    6. this edition is wonderfully organized it s split into sections, and each contains an introduction of biographical context also, i didn t read this in one day i ve been slowly reading it over time, but forgot to mark when i started it such is life.

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    7. Reading this collection was like watching an impressive fireworks show The greatest moments of excitement did not come instantaneously at the first encounter with the poems it took me some time to see beautiful images and feel vibrations of meanings penetrating my heart The brief introductions included at the beginning of each 12 sections and E E Cummings sketches are portals towards the labyrinthic universe of each of the poems So much delight to spend some time inside To me, the most beautiful [...]

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    8. I got to know E.E Cummings through Youtube, YES, he was among certain poets Tom Hiddleston read for He read May I Feel Said He a really dirty poem So yep, I got my hands on Cummings as soon as I could, and I was happy that his other poems were as dirty and erotic as my first impression of him E.E Cummings is hard to resist, and this collection gives a great insight into his unique poetry as he doesn t follow any traditional rule or pattern, he makes his own words and rules Thematically speaking, [...]

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    9. I ve loved the poem carry your heart for years and known I love Cummings because of that I ve been on a bit of a poetry binge so decided to get this book and see if I liked of his work.I really do enjoy it The way he used language and syntax, shaping it to his own meaning and expression is beautiful But it s not easy There are little intros to the sections which help explain a lot about some of the poems thank god I like to understand To work out the layers and meanings and these really helped [...]

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    10. The Greatest American Poet of the 20th Century That s all.

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    11. Some poems did not catch my interest despite their linguistic acrobatics, but for the most part, this was an interesting collection with many memorable poems.

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    12. your slightest look will easily unclose me though 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 beautifully,suddenly,as when the heart of this flower imaginesthe snow carefully everywhere descending i do not know what it is about you that closesand opens only something in me understandsthe voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses Hays Nakakakilig.

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    13. For English, please visit CommunityBookStop.Orijinali Zimlicious ta yay nland.E.E Cummings, Picasso nun tablolar nda yapt n iire ta m bir adam Zaman nda yle demi hatta Hedef, ger ekd l k Y ntem, tahrip edici Objektif ger ek ili in beyaz n par alayarak sahip oldu u gizli ihti am ortaya karmaya al yorum K bizmi iire uyarlayan Edward Estlin Cummings, ayn zamanda insanlara iirlerinin nas l okunaca n renen adam olarak an l yor Daha nce yay nlanmam iirlerinin yer ald bu kitapta da 156 iiri var Sevenle [...]

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    14. He s so weird I love him This is why I read poetry I don t feel like I m supposed to get all of it I don t want to constantly read things that I think I could have written Sometimes it s nice, when a writer reaches into your soul and pulls it out on paper, but e.e cummings shows me a whole new picture, one I have never seen before, and it s muddled and confusing but it fills me with awe I didn t get a lot of this book I wasn t meant to But it stretches and redefines the limits of what poetry is, [...]

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    15. This was not my cup of tea I don t love poetry generally and I found most of this to be nonsensical If you re the type of person who enjoys sitting and reading poems, spending time interpreting them and appreciating variances in form and verse etc you might enjoy this For me, it was of a headache than anything else Some verses and poems were entertaining, and I can see that E.E Cummings was thought provoking, experimental, and thoughtful, but it s just not for me.

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    16. I cannot read anyone lived in a pretty how town aloud without crying I think it s one of the most perfect poems ever written Everything he wrote in the height of his career in the 30 s and 40 s is pretty much terrific It s a shame that he lost it later on and grew cynical and complacent, but I guess he earned it These are some of my favorite poems to teach, if for nothing other than confounding the students with the diction.

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    17. I don t really care for poetry and decided to give it another try with Cummings Alas, I love his poems but I m still on the fence with poetry in general Thanks to a college professor who ruined my love for it a few years ago Maybe I will come around one day.

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    18. O e.e cummings,i love,the words andmashed and somethingsrules aren t realit would domany of us goodto ,some, remember

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    19. real good primer on ee cummings, learnt a lot and really loved it also im in such a reading funk at the moment, does anyone have any recs

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    20. OK, I know it s kind of cheating when I put a poetry collection on my shelf, thereby adding it to my reading challenge, but on a normal basis I would read poetry books by flipping randomly to a page, read one or two poems, and then set it back down, perhaps picking it back up weeks later That s why I never add poetry to my GR shelf But E.E Cummings collection is the only poetry book I ve actually read cover to cover, marking each poem that resonated deeply within me the Contents page is now near [...]

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    21. I love love love love it Cummings was a creative genius Read his poems in time of all sweet things beyondwhatever mind may comprehendremember seek forgetting find and in a mystery to be when time from time shall set us free forgetting me,remember me if a world ends tha all worlds begin to see begin far away as far as alive liesapril and i breathe move and seem someperpetually roaming whylessness wherelings, whenlings daughers of if but offspring of hopefearsos of unless and children of almost

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    22. , , , , , , What if a dawn of a doom of a dreambites this universe in two,peels forever out of his grave,and sprinkles nowhere with me and you

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    23. I really didn t think I would love his poetry as much as I did I haven t met a poet in a long time that I wanted to memorize several pieces of their work He has an amazing ability to craft words and phrases and feelings This is going on my favorites shelf at home As a point of note there are some sections of poetry that focus on the erotic and I passed over that But the other sections on non erotic love, the seasons, religion, and war were phenomenal.

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    24. Will investigate Cummings further, as this was fantastic.

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    25. Being someone who hadn t always been a fan, Cummings was one of the first poets to get me excited about poetry I remember coming across his works the first time and I was captivated by how he employed the page I decided to read about him and learned that he was a visual artist and that fascinated me even Since then, I have read a few poems here and there by him, and I was pleased to receive as a gift this selection of some of his poems There are poems in there that I can t decipher but I find [...]

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    26. The poems are divided into sections and before each section, there s a summary of E.E Cummings life at the point when those poems were written It s organized and invites you into his life with depth and understanding than you would have if you were reading them separately.I ve come across quite a few poems that have made my heart ache with their beauty Sticky notes have become mine and this book s friend The Cubist Break Up section was enjoyable until the eighth poem, and now my brain just hurt [...]

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    27. 3.5 stars First off, just let me say that even though I only gave this 3.5 stars, I really did enjoy it, and I consider Cummings one of my favorite poets However, I have to rate this as a cumulative piece of work, and there were so many poems around 150 I believe that overall it was such a mixed bag Some I absolutely loved, some I just liked, and some I wasn t a fan of I think it s a great collection of his poetry if you like him, I really appreciated the little essays before each section, and t [...]

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    28. life is true than reason will deceive secret or than madness did reveal deeper is life than lose higher than have but beauty is each than living s allmultiplied with infinity sans ifthe mightiest meditations of mankindcanceled are by one merely opening leaf beyond whose nearness there is no beyond or does some littler bird than eyes can learnlook up to silence and completely sing futures are obsolete pasts are unborn here less than nothing s than everything death,as men call him, ends what t [...]

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    29. Well, that was somethin I don t do much poetry Perhaps that is why although Cummings s brilliance is obvious, I didn t care for most of the non traditional forms A few of them seemed like well crafted puzzles that I was happy to have unlocked, but most of the others didn t have much meaning for me I do have to say though, that when he did stick to the traditional forms, especially the sonnet, I enjoyed him very much.

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    30. Cummings was a beautiful poet and I was in awe by several of his beautiful poems However, some of his poems were not able to pull me in This is why I have it a 4 5 My favourite poem is I Carry Your Heart.

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