Complete Poems, 1913-1962
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Complete Poems, 1913-1962

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Paperback, 866 pages
Published September 1st 1980 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1972)
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Sarah Rouan
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
--the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis
For anyone who thinks they may not be an e.e. cummings fan: I feel compelled to document my experience with his poetry because of how greatly my opinion of it changed over time.
I bought the book on a whim because I'd admired a few of his daring, unique poems in high school.
Reading through the entirety of his poetry was, at first, daunting. The first few hundred pages instilled a lot of confusion, and even when I did comprehend it, there was a lot of clashing between his joy and his cynicism (to...more
Well these were great, of course. I have to start reading more things that aren't poetry for fun though...I'm behind on everything else but my mind won't latch onto anything more solid at this point. Anyway, I'm glad Bjork used one of Cummings' poems on Medúlla (2004) because I have loved his work ever since and will likely always continue to do so.
I think I learned more from not liking most of these poems than I would have from loving them. Cummings did some fantastic writing, but honestly for me it was all done at the beginning of his career, before he really dove into the punctuation craziness 100%. I appreciate all that his writing has taught me, but he's definitely not one of my favorite poets.
He's my favorite poet - Yeats too, but Cummings can always make me smile. I can always open up one of his books and read one of his poems and feel better for it - even the poem about the unrefined boys!

His Complete Poems is one of the books that stays on my night stand.
I love ee cummings, he is such a passionate, complicated, simple and steamy guy

I read him all the time, perhaps because I love metaphor
Aaron Marks
have been reading this over the past year or so ... it is great. will probably be reading this for the rest of my life.
He's my favorite poet. I keep this book in my office, and I read 5 poems every morning.
Michele Rees
I keep checking this out of my library- I think I am the only one who ever does!
A friend introduced me to this guy. Changed my idea of what a poem could be.
A rare exception to my lukewarm reception to modern poetry.
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Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as e.e. cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, and playwright. His body of work encompasses more than 900 poems, several plays and essays, numerous drawings, sketches, and paintings, as well as two novels. He is remembered as a preeminent voice of 20th century poetry, as well as one of the most popular.
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