The Voice of the Poet: e.e. cummings by E.E. Cummingsjake hates
all the girls(the
shy ones,the bold
proud sloppy sleek)
all except the cold
paul scorns all
bright ones,the dim
plump tiny tall)
all except the
gus loves all the
warped ones,the lamed
the dead ones
mike likes all the girls
fat ones,the lean
kind dirty clean)
except the green ones
That was my favorite poem on this CD because it brought to mind Shel Silversteins fun poetry. (Good Reads forces everything to the left margin, so the word placement is incorrect.)
A great line from another poem, as timely as ever:
a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man
And this one:
listen: theres a hell
of a good universe next door; lets go
Much of e.e. cummingss work makes no sense to me, although his later poems are sometimes more graspable. I do like his playful use of word and letter placement and random punctuation. This CD comes with a booklet so you can read along and see how he placed things.
Many years ago I had one of those magnetic refrigerator poetry sets. You could just grab words you liked and move them around until you liked your poem. A lot of cummingss poems remind me of the long ago fridge creations my friends and I used to make after a few margaritas. For example, we might have come up with this if ol e.e. hadnt beat us to it:
stride after glide massacre monday did
more) ask a lifelump buried by the star
nicked ends next among broken odds of yes
terdays tomorrow (than today can guess
See what I mean?
E.E. Cummings reads Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
E. E. Cummings
Submit your work, meet writers and drop the ads. He is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th-Century English literature. Poems Popular A-Z. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.
Edward Estlin E. Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As one of the most innovative poets of his time, Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A typical Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis. Three are among the great love poems of our time or any time. Cummings decided to become a poet when he was still a child.
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