E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962

E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962


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Presented here in a bold new edition, E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904–1962 showcases Cummings’s transcendent body of work, collected in its entirety.

Combining Thoreau’s controlled belligerence with the brash abandon of an uninhibited bohemian, E. E. Cummings, together with Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and William Carlos Williams, helped bring about the twentieth-century revolution in literary expression. Today Cummings is recognized as the author of some of the most sensuous lyric poems in the English language, as well as one of the most inventive American poets of his time. Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, at once cubistic and figurative, Cummings’s work expanded the boundaries of what language is and can do.

With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Stephen Dunn, this redesigned, newly corrected, and fully reset edition of Complete Poems collects and presents all the poems published or designated for publication by E. E. Cummings in his lifetime. It includes 36 poems that were first collected in the 1991 edition and 164 unpublished poems issued in 1983 under the title Etcetera. It spans his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up through his last valedictory sonnets.

In the words of Randall Jarrell, “No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and special reader.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490415
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 1200
Sales rank: 129,404
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. He was also a playwright, a painter, and a writer of prose. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University and, during World War I, served with an ambulance corps in France. He spent three months in a French detention camp and subsequently wrote The Enormous Room, a highly acclaimed criticism of World War I. After the war, Cummings returned to the States and published his first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, which was characterized by his innovative style: pushing the boundaries of language and form while discussing love, nature, and war with sensuousness and glee. He spent the rest of his life painting, writing poetry, and enjoying widespread popularity and success.

George J. Firmage edited many works by Cummings, including
Erotic Poems; Complete Poems, 1904– 1962; and Fairy Tales.

Stephen Dunn is the author of nineteen poetry collections. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Different Hours and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the recipient of an Academy Award for Literature. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Richard Stockton University, he lives in Frostburg, Maryland.

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E. E. Cummings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best complete collection of e.e.cummings work I have seen to date. Students and admirers both will find plenty to study in this anthology of his writing. Works published posthumously are included. A marvelous addition to a personal or public library.
terrybain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no poet that seems to speak to me more than e.e. cummings. I don't know how he does it (or did it) and examining it too closely is probably not the best idea. His poetry just frankly makes my stomach flop over. For good or ill.
agricolaoval on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This got to be the poet who has meant most to me, and he has followed me through life. Cummings has this marvelous perceptiveness that make things stand out from the background as small gems and handfuls of reality. His sentences have the syntax of thoughts half thought and voices that murmur in the back of our minds. His imagery is as fresh and clear and wonderful as a day in spring, and his issues are always the only ones that really count; closeness, love, friendship, time, nature and death. This is the book that always makes me feel alive and happy to be so. It came to me the first time I fell seriously in love, and it never fails to revive the magic of those days. When I sit around reading it my wife laughs at me and says: "So it's that time of the year again!" Which it is. An incredible book.
curtis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
EE Cummings is my personal favorite poet. I could write essays about why I love his poetry- I will spare you that here. Suffice it to say that lovers of Cummings will find this edition clear, complete, and beautifully presented.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This is kind of a book review, but not completely a book review. This is more along the lines of a couple paragraphs of me going off on the experience of reading every poem by the wonderful E.E. Cummings over all of 2012. That’s right. I read every E.E. Cummings poem in a year. I am quite proud of this. I had read a few handfuls of E.E. Cummings poems before buying this book but I knew I was going to love it. And I wasn’t wrong. I was completely right. I LOVED THESE POEMS. I started marking the page every time I found a poem I wanted to reread again and again. I ended up marking 52 altogether. There’s just something about his poetry that draws me in and captivates me. It’s hard to explain completely how much you can take away from poetry when you read it. I can see how certain poems or poets can be hard to read, but when you find one that is enjoyable it is truly a great experience. E.E. Cummings is that poet to me. My Rating: Exceptional
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XmacAttack More than 1 year ago
e.e. cummings was a very sensual and physical writer. There is so much more that what you HAD to read in high school. He gets his point across without being vulgar. You can almost feel what he is saying.
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i luv Old Age Sticks. we read it in my reading class...and it was superb!