Complete Poems 1904 To1962 Hardcover – May 1 1994
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One of the greatest lyric poets in our language. — John Logan (Modern American Poetry)
To return to…his poems is to return to a buoyancy and boisterousness, of course, but also to an odd bountifulness…[encapsulating] a profound sense of wonder and wistfulness. — Paul Muldoon (The New Yorker)
Cummings was one of the most spirited and original American writers of the 20th century. — Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Stephen Dunn is the author of poetry collections including What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995–2009 and Here and Now. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his collection Different Hours. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton College, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Typography was preserved very well (with Cummings this is critical), and I find the order of appearance by date helpful in charting his growth as a poet; the first few poems are radically different from the later ones.
Of course, acquiring his individual issues has its own appeal, but if you simply want to have his work easily at hand, this is your only choice (the indexing at the back is extrememly good at helping you remember a poem by its first lines).
This book is fantastic - I had quite a lot of difficulty finding collections of his poetry, and although I'd found a couple of small volumes, this one was exhaustive. I reread it - or at least parts thereof - more often than any other poetry book I own, and always seem to discover another nuance or aspect or pattern that I hadn't seen before. cummings wraps you in words, and the best way I can think of to describe how I feel after reading his works is to steal a quote from one of his poems - "such strangeness as was mine a little while."
Worldwords. And he is the creator of my favourite quotation of all time...
there's a hell of a good universe next door:
And there is.
We studied that poem for an entire week. It's not a long poem, so we really dug our hands in, studying every piece of punctuation, every line break, and discovering things we didn't know could be discovered in writing. By the time we were through, I knew I couldn't stop. This is what poetry could be. I couldn't believe it. For a little while, I practiced writing my name in all lower-case. And while I knew I couldn't be cummings, I knew I still wanted to hang out with him and maybe be his friend.
To me, the whole point of e.e. cummings' works is to show how throwing logic and syntax out the window can help one rediscover how to truly capture an emotion -- and not just capture it, but to interrogate it and become either its best friend or its arch rival. There is not one word in any of cummings' works that does not have a reason to be there. His lack of cohesion is sometimes confusing. But at the same time, it charms you; and while you do feel the need to read and re-read each poem, you don't do it to analyze it - you do it because it elicits a different response each time you do. cummings hangs on just the right word, even the right letter in a word, and you know how you feel at that exact moment.
cummings looks not only at the definition of a word but the shape of the word to impact his meaning. This makes his style so intense and so pure that, in my mind, no other has come close to duplicating it.
cummings will never be the world's favorite poet, he will never be studied and understood and appreciated the way Yeats, Poe, Frost, Whitman, or any other of the "greats" will. Fine.Read more ›
It is nice to see his progression of publishing (though the order is not according to when the pieces were written and it seems to me the editor took the easiest way out on this one by ordering it according to each book). While the sections into which Kennedy (see reference in an above review) sorted these fine works was comfortable for those who wanted ease of theme, it would have been a rather magnanamous task for his vast array of published poetry. While often simplistic, the topics of Cummings' concepts can get too complex to fit into neatly fitted packages tied with the bows of universal theme. And while Kennedy was my introduction to more of this man's great work and i grew to love Cummings through him, i found myself liking works that weren't included in Kennedy's collection, and disliking his more experimental works that lacked the emotional punch (and those linguists might feel the contrary). It is cheaper, in the long run, to buy this collection than to collect the many individual publications to get all one's favorites.Read more ›
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'anybody lived in a pretty how town
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The poetry of ee cummings is something that most Americans gain exposure to during secondary... Read more
e.e. cummings is a master of the English language. The way he uses words to paint a picture will leave you breathless and touch your heart. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Julie Lovisa
Along with being a poet, cummings was a visual artist-chiefly a painter and sometimes an engraver. With his poetry, he made the attempt to arrange the words of his poems in... Read morePublished on March 27 2000 by Shmoo Stone
This is an excellent collection of ee's work. A must have for any student or teacher of poetry, for any poet or anyone who loves poetryPublished on Feb. 28 2000 by Ricardo R. Sciacca, Jr.
i first heard of e.e. cummings last year at a poetry conference. someone had written this profound poem and told me that his main influence was e.e. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 1999 by Jenny Wells
e.e. cummings' poems: "somewhere i have never travelled" and " l ( a " stand as the best pieces of poetry ever written. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 1999 by email@example.com
E.E. Cummings is surely the greatest poet of all time. He expresses his poetry in such a way to make a reader cry out in the joy of such sweet musical wordsPublished on Nov. 24 1998
The compilation of all the works was extensive and covered every area to my knowledge. There was no cramming of poems, the spacing and overall presentation of individual prose was... Read morePublished on June 21 1998