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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
Nov 04, 2011 Sarah Rouan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Michele Rees
Aug 21, 2012 Michele Rees rated it it was amazing
I keep checking this out of my library- I think I am the only one who ever does!
Apr 26, 2014 Merinde rated it it was amazing
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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.
Jul 02, 2012 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
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
Ben Harrison
May 30, 2016 Ben Harrison rated it it was amazing
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let us tremble)a personal radiance sits
hideously upon the trafficing hum
of dusk
each street takes of shadowy
light the droll snowing delirium

(we do not speak)
tumbled hushingly bits
of downward flower flowing without or cease

or time; a naming stealth of ecstasy
means, like a girl lasciviously frail,
(dreaming is better)

murdering coolness slowly
in peopling places seeks play:withs of star
link clauses of warmth
(after dream who knows?)
a blackish cat and a bluish cat are

eyeing, as with almost mel
Sep 01, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
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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.
Feb 20, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 29, 2012 Max rated it it was amazing
A friend introduced me to this guy. Changed my idea of what a poem could be.
May 16, 2009 Lynda rated it really liked it
A rare exception to my lukewarm reception to modern poetry.
Amy Layton
Aug 20, 2015 Amy Layton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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E.E. Cummings is one of my favorites, and I'm so glad that I got to read all of his work!
Aaron Marks
Apr 30, 2012 Aaron Marks rated it it was amazing
have been reading this over the past year or so ... it is great. will probably be reading this for the rest of my life.
Dec 19, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
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Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894. He began writing poems as early as 1904 and studied Latin and Greek at the Cambridge Latin High School.

He received his BA in 1915 and his MA in 1916, both from Harvard University. His studies there introduced him to the poetry of avant-garde writers, such as Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound.

In 1917, Cummings published a
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