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Richard S. Kennedy Editor. The one hundred and fifty-six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E. Cummings's biographer, include his most popular poems, spanning his earliest creations, his vivacious linguistic acrobatics, up to his last valedictory sonnets.
Also featured are thirteen drawings, oils, and watercolors by Cummings, most of them never before published. The selectio The one hundred and fifty-six poems here, arranged in twelve sections and introduced by E. The selection includes most of the favorites plus many fresh and surprising examples of Cummings's several poetic styles.
The corrected texts established by George J. Firmage have been used throughout. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 17th by Liveright first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Selected Poems , please sign up. Does this edition include I carry you in my heart? Thanks in advance. Susie Dumond No, it does not. See all 3 questions about Selected Poems…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 08, Kirstine rated it really liked it Shelves: own , poetry , reviewed , favourites , 1-men.
Cummings book I'd get my hands on, seeing as it contains small introductions by Richard S. Without those introductions I would have been lost. As much as I have relished and soaked myself in Cummings' poetry, I could as easily have drowned and never been found. I am thankful I didn't. There are some of his poems I simply don't get, " since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; " It's a stroke of luck that this is the first E.
There are some of his poems I simply don't get, and some it took me very long to decipher. To the untrained eye some of what he writes is absolute gibberish. And some I'm not sure I'll ever train my eye well enough to make sense of, which is why I'm only giving this otherwise amazing book 4 stars. I don't really dig having my poetry-readings resemble a National Treasure movie.
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BUT, when I get E. Cummings sometimes more easily than others I love him, and I think his style and his insights are works of genius. I am particularly in love with how he uses the words themselves and these incredible grammatical distortions as living things - not just tools, to make his stories and sentences come to life. The words - even devoid of meaning - tell a story. Every comma, and parenthesis, tells a story.
It also struck me how his writing reminded me, in places, of my own. Especially when it comes to using parenthesis'. I fucking love a good parenthesis. It is the one grammatical device I am emotionally attached to it has a very special meaning for me. And the way it is used by Cummings is heavenly. So I recommend this book.
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The style is singular and perhaps you won't like it or understand anything at first, but I beg you to keep going - embrace it - keep your head above the water and swim like hell, you will reach land and it will be worth it. He had an extraordinary mind and a way with words I am inadvertently taken with. Here, have a few examples, and be convinced!
These don't even begin to touch the variety or beauty and wit of the poems in this book - there's a very wide selection, both in themes and in style, so if you feel you want to get to know E. Cummings a pursuit I can only recommend this is a good place to start. View 1 comment. Jan 28, Rikke rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , owned-books.
Just one look at one of his futuristic experiments with syntax and punctuation was more than enough to convince me that he was too difficult for me to read. But as it turned out it was silly of me to give up on him. I just needed the right guidance to his authorship which this edition happily provided me with. Though I can't claim to underst " I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance " I have always been a little intimidated by E.
Though I can't claim to understand all of his poems, I have attained a greater and deeper understanding of his writing and themes. Of course some of the poems can only be defined as cryptic; almost equal to the riddles of the Sphinx, and therefore require a tremendous effort and several careful re-readings. But the thing is, when you finally do understand his use of words, parentheses and fragments, you will be completely overwhelmed by the shining, shimmering and bright magnificence of his writing.
I have been frustrated and puzzled, but in the end I mostly felt grateful. Grateful that I made the effort and took the time to let the words speak for themselves. Cummings had a peculiar way with words and even punctuation. There is not one letter or even a single comma that doesn't have a significant meaning. Even the use of 'i' instead of 'I' holds a great purpose. And also, I would like to add that E. Cummings probably wrote some of the most beautiful love poems of all-time. Soft and delicate with a sincere tone of wholeness.
Just read 'somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" and you'll see. I believe that poem is capable of melting any heart.
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Apr 19, Rowena rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Another collection I wish I could give 5 stars to. Cummings was truly a wordsmith and I was in awe by several of his beautiful poems. View all 7 comments. Apr 12, Karin rated it did not like it Shelves: american-author , american-lit , kapk , american-literature , classic , 20th-century , classics , american , american-authors. Share: facebook email printer twitter. Additional Info. Add a Review Name:. Email Address:. Related Products.
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Highly recommended. They have wonderful economy and stillness. He was the founder of Dream Catcher , an international literary journal, and his own writing has appeared in countless anthologies, newspapers and periodicals. His eighth collection, Journeying , was published by Valley Press in October