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Selected Poems, 1923-1958

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  557 ratings  ·  23 reviews
This selection, made by Cummings himself in 1960, offers a comprehensive introduction to his most characteristic work — whether love poems, satirical squibs or nature poetry — and represents the range of his experiments with lyric form, syntax and typography, which combined to offer a radically individual and spontaneous view of the world.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 8th 1977 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1960)
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Chris Hearn
im too o-l-d
and ja

for e e
and balloons

and spring
and love
in spring
I am not much of a reader of poetry and even with e.e.Cummings that is true. BUT, even if you do not like entire poems--he has lines that stand out , shine and make you smile. This is one of those poetry books that I have lying around to read when I have just a short time. The special (to me) lines that can be full of satire, sometimes serious and very humorous is why I rated it 4 stars.
One of my favorites:

in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)

in time of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me
Daisy Douglas
This is one of my favourite books. Ever. e e cummings is my favourite poet because of the way he can just express normal things with such originality. It's his short phrases like "hips pumping pleasure into hips" and "you open always petal by petal myself" that do it for me everytime. I love the way he neglects to use titles for his poems and I love the sensuality that he embodies for me.

What I love most about this collection of poems selected by e e cummings himself is the wide variety and the
Mike Jart
Very much hit-and-miss. Contained some of my least favourite poems of all time, but also a whole lot more of poems that are gonna stick with me probably for the rest of my life. There's some real hardcore genius in here, if you can wade through the mediocore majority. Favourites: O Sweet Spontaneous, Voices to Voices, Lip to Lip, Since feeling is first, you shall above all things be glad and young and No man, if men are gods; but if gods must.
Ellen Welsh
Didn't enjoy as much as 73 Poems... these seemed more structured, less free in form, and didn't have the same effect on me. But I liked the poem starting 'all nearness pauses, while a star can grow'; it is really beautiful and visual and echoes the tone of his work that i've read before.
I enjoyed this collection of poetry. If was fine but I found there were only three or four of bunch which really left an impression on me. I'm still exploring my interest in poetry and e e Cummings certainly is a treat. I especially love 'may I feel said he' & 'I carry your heart'.
Felix Thompson
I really liked e.e. cummings - there's just a lot of poems in this collection that I don't like as much. Though there are still some ones I really enjoyed regardless.
Sam Pryce
Quiet, modest poetry for fragile hearts.
In my book one of the best poets (alongside Poe and Blake) ... refreshing use of style in poetry :) And well some of it actually quite sensual (to say it with a proper word) not therefore in an (too) obvious way but without making a 'scene' about it (it doesn't need to be said literally). Besides his more sensual poetry, his lyrical style, which is frequently used since the Romanticism, is why his poems can be read so fluently
Definitely going to read it again (and pay closer attention to some p
Lily Calder
Amazing, captivating, ingenious. Full review here:
Couldn't stop reading until I was done, and most of the poems weren't too easy either. It was a harsh yet amazingly beautiful, rhyming ride. This collection included some texts I had run into previously elsewhere, which made the whole experience feel homey - easy to detect, the most familiar poems are my favourites, but I discovered quite a number of others that worked for me very well.
Jo Hamya
Oh, but for the occasional rhyming and nonsense. For every four gems in here, there's a stinker. But Cummings handles language gloriously, twisting it to mirror his meaning and for that he deserves loud and splendorous applause.
Mugren Ohaly
I only wish that the titles were added, or at least clearly mark where one poem started and ended. They all seem to blend into one another.
Clare Holman-Hobbs
ee cummings is a great poet. The classics are great, but too much talk about Spring.
Guy Cranswick
Had this for years and read it every once in a while. Some of it is breathtaking.
Beautiful to bizarre, obscure to ornery, and endlessly inventive poetry.
Lori Fritz
it's not the first time or the last time I will read this book !
I am deeply deeply envious of e e cummings. So much talent, sigh!
because e e cummings always makes me smile
Tara Calaby
A wonderful selection from my favourite poet.
"let's touch the sky."
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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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