One Hundred Selected Poems

One Hundred Selected Poems

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by E. E. Cummings
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802130723
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
121
Sales rank:
136,737
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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John Dos Passos
He puts his inventions down with an unexpected refurbishing of phrase and a filigree delicacy of hairbreadth exact statement that is a continual challenge.
Marianne Moore
E.E.. Cummings is a concentrate of titanic significance. . .He does not make aesthetic mistakes.
Karl Shapiro
He has more control over language since Joyce. . . .Everybody delights in reading him.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just have to say that I love this book. Cummings' writing is beautiful and playful.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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~