Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by E.E. Cummings

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Poetry
  • Rating: 4.22
  • Pages: 208
  • Publish Date: August 17th 2007 by Liveright
  • Isbn10: 0871401541
  • Isbn13: 9780871401540

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"since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will 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. BUT, when I get E.E. Cummings (sometimes more easily than others) I love him, and I think his style and his insights are works of genius. I am particularly in love with how he uses the words themselves and these incredible grammatical distortions as living things - not just tools, to make his stories and sentences come to life. These don't even begin to touch the variety or beauty and wit of the poems in this book - there's a very wide selection, both in themes and in style, so if you feel you want to get to know E.E. Cummings (a pursuit I can only recommend) this is a good place to start.

But the thing is, when you finally do understand his use of words, parentheses and fragments, you will be completely overwhelmed by the shining, shimmering and bright magnificence of his writing. Grateful that I made the effort and took the time to let the words speak for themselves. Cummings had a peculiar way with words and even punctuation. E. Cummings probably wrote some of the most beautiful love poems of all-time.

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.

One of the best avant-gard poets and he was guarding his style with his massive work, you know.

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.

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.

There are little intros to the sections which help explain a lot about some of the poems thank god. To work out the layers and meanings and these really helped. You feel like you deserve to understand the beauty and the humour he's portraying after suffering over a passage or a turn of phrase for a while.

Everything he wrote in the height of his career in the 30's and 40's is pretty much terrific.

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. The poet and critic Randall Jarrell once noted that Cummings is one of the most individual poets who ever livedand, though it sometimes seems so, it is not just his vices and exaggerations, the defects of his qualities, that make a writer popular. 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.