E. E. Cummings Reads: A Poetry Collection

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In asking "Who, as a writer, am I?" e.e. Cummings's affirmation of life resolved into serenity as he described himself as someone "whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow." This collection of Cummings reading his own poetry embodies this in an unforgettable way.

While perhaps best remembered for his use of such visual devices as typography and punctuation, the sheer sound of Cummings's work imparts a greater, deeper understanding of how its ...

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Overview

In asking "Who, as a writer, am I?" e.e. Cummings's affirmation of life resolved into serenity as he described himself as someone "whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow." This collection of Cummings reading his own poetry embodies this in an unforgettable way.

While perhaps best remembered for his use of such visual devices as typography and punctuation, the sheer sound of Cummings's work imparts a greater, deeper understanding of how its cadences reveal its profound meaning. This rich sampling of his poems and lectures is rendered in what the great Robert Graves called Cummings "own beautifully modulated voice."

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Library Journal
When Caedmon originally produced these recordings, in the 1950s, they were on vinyl. Remastering them for cassette brings with it the question of how attentive potential listeners are going to be. And for Cummings and Pound, it's important that people listen closely. Cummings's voice is melodic, but those unfamiliar with his poems on the page will miss much of the subtle play with words that has become his trademark. Pound is, arguably, the finest poet here, but even his narrative portraits are speckled with foreign phrases, and there aren't clear demarcations between poems, further confusing the listener. It's therefore not surprising that this package contains only one cassette. Sandburg, who considered himself a populist poet, addressing the people much as an orator would, is actually better heard than read. All his finest longer works are here, including a more than generous selection from "The People, Yes." Keep in mind that these tapes were culled from several different recordings, so there are wide variances in tone, pitch, and quality. Sandburg is highly recommended; the other two are for larger collections. Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694524310
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 3 Cassettes
  • Pages: 5
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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e.e. cummings (1894-1962) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning a B.A. and M.A. at Harvard in Latin and Greek, he went to France as a volunteer ambulance driver with the French army during World War I. The majority of his life was spent writing poetry and painting in New York's Greenwich Village.

e.e. cummings (1894-1962) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning a B.A. and M.A. at Harvard in Latin and Greek, he went to France as a volunteer ambulance driver with the French army during World War I. The majority of his life was spent writing poetry and painting in New York's Greenwich Village.

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