One Hundred Selected Poems

One Hundred Selected Poems

by E. E. Cummings
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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.
StephenPage More than 1 year ago
I’ve been thinking lately how most of my life I dreamed I would live in a shack in the mountains without telephone or T.V., walk the woods, eat berries, drink snowmelt, and write about place. I would of course visit a city on the weekends, for culture, you know, and sit on an unmade bed in an inexpensive hotel in the afternoon and watch soap operas on T.V. Seriously though, the culture part of the dream includes art, ballet, theatre, cinema, fine cuisine, wine, friends, a love interest, a once a week teaching job—then back to the shack for a week of writing and communing with the natural world. When I lived alone and single, which I have most of my life, it was easy to continue the shack dream, because by living alone, I was closer to that person on the mountain. Since I have been married though, the hermit of me has hid, or should I say, reclused, but did not completely disappear. He lurks among my cortical synopses, resides in my hippocampus. He and the shack where he lives will be a part of my life’s work. For a writer, there has to be a balance between writing and life. Some writers need more of one than the other. They way I see it, a writer may try to live a full life and write, but when the time comes to write, he needs to write, and only write. The writing has to be more important than life when he is writing about life. And (now I am getting away from the topic, but drawing a parallel), depending how private the writer is, a writer may want to edit, exclude, or delete his life from history and leave only his writings. Sooner or later, though, someone is going to tell his story—that is, what he did, how he treated people—and that someone may be his mother, his sister, his spouse, his child, his friend, his enemy, or his dumped lover (any of whom may not be very kind); so why shouldn’t a writer keep a diary, talk to people, interview, write letters—tell his side of the story. If he lived a good life (and that is, of course, a subjective phrase dependent upon cultural mores, subcultural trends, parental teachings, etc. etc.), he shouldn’t be ashamed about people knowing about his life. He shouldn’t be afraid. Not if he has courage. Anyway, along those lines (and I have to focus on the shack—place), let’s see how life develops, you and I, the reader and the writer, let’s see how our poems appear, how we diarize and how we are biographed. On those notes, let’s look at a book: . Last week, I read e.e. cummings’s 100 Selected Poems. He’s a god of course who visited this earth to show off and play with people’s heads. Anyone could aspire to write half as well as him. He breaks downs language only to rebuild it to high art.
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~