One Hundred Selected Poems

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E.E. Cummings is without question one of the major poets of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of Cummings’s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which Cummings is famous. They demonstrate beautifully his ...
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Overview


E.E. Cummings is without question one of the major poets of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of Cummings’s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which Cummings is famous. They demonstrate beautifully his extrapolations from traditional poetic structures and his departures from them, as well as the unique synthesis of lavish imagery and acute artistic precision that has won him the adulation and respect of critics and poetry lovers everywhere.
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“E.E. Cummings is a concentrate of titanic significance.”—Marianne Moore

“To my way of thinking Cummings is, within his field of personal emotion, the lyrical field, one of the inventors of our time. He puts his inventions down with an unexpected refurbishing of phrase and a filigree delicacy of hairbreadth exact statement that is a continual challenge.”—John Dos Passos

“No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive both to the general and the special reader; since the early twenties, Cummings has been more widely imitated and easily appreciated than any other modernist poet.”—Randall Jarrell

“He has more control over language than any poet since Joyce. . . . Everybody delights in reading him.”—Karl Shapiro

“E.E. Cummings is a concentrate of titanic significance, ‘a positive character’; and only ingenuousness could attempt to suggest in a word the ‘heroic’ aspect of his painting, his poems, and his resistances. He does not make aesthetic mistakes.”—Marianne Moore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802130723
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 121
  • Sales rank: 156,613
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Tulips and Chimneys (1923)
1 Thy fingers make early flowers of 1
2 All in green went my love riding 2
3 When god lets my body be 4
4 In Just-- 5
5 O sweet spontaneous 6
6 Buffalo Bill's 7
7 The Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls 8
8 It may not always be so; and i say 9
& {And} (1925)
9 Suppose 10
10 Raise the shade 11
11 Here is little Effie's head 12
12 Spring is like a perhaps hand 14
13 Who knows if the moon's 15
14 I like my body when it is with your 16
XLI Poems (1925)
15 Little tree 17
16 Humanity i love you 18
Is 5 (1926)
17 Poem, or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal 19
18 Nobody loses all the time 21
19 Mr youse needn't be so spry 23
20 She being Brand 24
21 Memorabilia 26
22 A man who had fallen among thieves 28
23 Voices to voices, lip to lip 29
24 "Next to of course god america i 31
25 My sweet old etcetera 32
26 Here's a little mouse) and 33
27 In spite of everything 34
28 Since feeling is first 35
29 If i have made, my lady, intricate 36
W {ViVa} (1931)
30 I sing of Olaf glad and big 37
31 If there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have 39
32 A light Out) 40
33 A clown s smirk in the skull of a baboon 41
34 If i love You 43
35 Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond 44
36 But if a living dance upon dead minds 45
No thanks (1935)
37 Sonnet entitled how to run the world) 46
38 May i feel said he 47
39 Little joe gould has lost his teeth and doesn't know where 48
40 Kumrads die because they're told) 49
41 Conceive a man, should he have anything 50
42 Here's to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap 51
43 What a proud dreamhorse pulling (smoothloomingly) through 52
44 Jehovah buried. Satan dead 53
45 This mind made war 54
46 Love's function is to fabricate unknownness 57
47 Death (having lost) put on his universe 58
New Poems {from Collected Poems} (1938)
48 Kind) 59
49 (Of Ever-Ever Land i speak 61
50 This little bride & groom are 62
51 My specialty is living said 63
52 If i 64
53 May my heart always be open to little 65
54 You shall above all things be glad and young 66
50 Poems (1940)
55 Flotsam and jetsam 67
56 Spoke joe to jack 68
57 Red-rag and pink-flag 69
58 Proud of his scientific attitude 70
59 A pretty a day 71
60 As freedom is a breakfastfood 72
61 Anyone lived in a pretty how town 73
62 My father moved through dooms of love 75
63 I say no world 78
64 These children singing in stone a 80
65 Love is the every only god 81
66 Love is more thicker than forget 82
67 Hate blows a bubble of despair into 83
68 What freedom's not some under's mere above 84
1 x 1 {One Times One} (1944)
69 Of all the blessings which to man 85
70 A salesman is an it that stinks Excuse 86
71 A politician is an arse upon 87
72 Plato told 88
73 Pity this busy monster, manunkind 89
74 One's not half two. It's two are halves of one 90
75 What if a much of a which of a wind 91
76 No man, if men are gods; but if gods must 92
77 When god decided to invent 93
78 Rain or hail 94
79 Let it go--the 96
80 Nothing false and possible is love 97
81 Except in your 98
82 True lovers in each happening of their hearts 100
83 Yes is a pleasant country 101
84 All ignorance toboggans into know 102
85 Darling! because my blood can sing 103
86 "Sweet spring is your 104
87 O by the by 105
88 If everything happens that can't be done 106
Xaipe (1950)
89 When serpents bargain for the right to squirm 108
90 If a cheerfulest Elephantangelchild should sit 109
91 O to be in finland 110
92 No time ago 111
93 To start, to hesitate; to stop 112
94 If (touched by love's own secret) we, like homing 113
95 I thank You God for most this amazing 114
96 The great advantage of being alive 115
97 When faces called flowers float out of the ground 116
98 Love our so right 117
99 Now all the fingers of this tree (darling) have 118
100 Luminous tendril of celestial wish 119
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2006

    breaking away from convention

    cummings' (that's right,his name is NEVER capitalized...he legally changed it to all lower case) poetry is witty, sad, funny, and pushes the boundaries of acceptability. I highly recommend any and all of his poems to anyone who enjoys satire and wit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    Cumming's poetry

    I just have to say that I love this book. Cummings' writing is beautiful and playful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    Great introduction to e. e. cummings

    e. e. cummings is one of my favorite poets, and this collection of his poems is a treat for any fan of his verse. The innovativeness of his language and the freshness of his images are continuously inspiring. It is sometimes hard to believe that most of these poems have been written well over half a century ago - they have all aged remarkably well. This is a testament to the simplicity and the permanence of the themes and ideas that e. e. cummings dealt with, and the original and inimitable way that he approached them. And if you are not already familiar with e. e. cummins' writings, this collection is one of the best places to start getting to know this great American poet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Thomas, Somone who enjoys comedy

    I Thoroughly enjoyed this book of E. E. Cummings poems. some of his poems are fairly hard to understand, but i enjoyed them anyway. He has a great sense of humor and an understanding of life itself, and to do that you must understand death itself. My favorite poem in this book is 'Buffalow Bill'. He is a poet that stimulates the mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    A Wonderful Book For Your Collection

    Although I am upset that '1'a' wasn't included in this collection of great poems, the ones which were included were just as wonderful and touching to the soul. If you're new to E. E. Cummings ' Yes E.E. Cummings, not e e cummings like the previous reviewer had written because Cummings NEVER changed his name, newspapers and publishers of the time lowercased his name as a gimmick because the syntax of his poems were profound . Look it up' but yes, if youre new to E.E. Cummings, this is a wonderful book to start you off. If you're new to poetry in general, Cummings isnt a hard read, nor hard to understand. Enjoy~

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