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Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings
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Read from July 13 to 16, 2011

Selected Poems
E.E.Cummings
With introduction and commentary by Richard S. Kennedy

E.E.Cummings died at the so young age of 68 leaving much yet to say. His short stories of scattered words and irregular lines are to me sometimes a word puzzle and sometimes a bright and clear picture.

Selected Poems by E.E.Cummings includes a brief introduction and a commentary to start each of the twelve sections. Along with the 156 poems taken from the course of his writing, there are thirteen of his drawings, oils and watercolors. Selected by Richard S. Kennedy, Cummings’ biographer, the selection of poems “includes most of the favorites plus many fresh and surprising examples of Cummings’ several poetic styles.”

Known for his brevity and wit, Cummings can be inscrutable as well. He is an artist who creates word pictures and soundscapes. He begs you to read his words out loud even if just to yourself. Youtube.com is a source of many readings. A couple are included here.

I obtained this wonderful short book through the GR BookSwap. What a treat! The introductions to the book as well as to the sections are enlightening and take some of the occasional mystery out of E.E.Cummings’ unique style.

Online biography
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/e...

E.E.Cummings reading “in Just- spring”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA836A...

The Making of a Poet in his own words with illustrations
(10 minutes long)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iITDyF...

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Reading Progress

08/16/2011 page 99
48.0% "we are for each other:then laugh, leaning back in my arms for life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis --e.e. cummings"
08/28/2011 page 125
60.0% ""...Cummings was experimenting with sound patterns: he compiled lists of words that have rhyme and consonance - like dint, grin, point, glint, squint, and wink - or words that begin or end with a group of similar sounds - like piddle, spittle, topple, wobble, dribble, and gobble. He thought of the work as a sound painting...""
08/31/2011 page 163
78.0% "E.E.Cummings is so much fun to read out loud!"

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Wonderful review, Larry!


Larry Bassett Emily wrote: "Wonderful review, Larry!"

Thank you. It is nice to know that someone besides me is actually reading this! Sometimes I have to pretend to hear one hand clapping.


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Larry wrote: "Emily wrote: "Wonderful review, Larry!"

Thank you. It is nice to know that someone besides me is actually reading this! Sometimes I have to pretend to hear one hand clapping."


Ha,ha! You should friend a few of the people I know (you can click on some of my friends...espeically Dan)...he always "likes" good reviews.


Larry Bassett Emily wrote: You should friend a few of the people I know . . .

You are very generous sharing your friends! I am still very much learning how to maximize my enjoyment of GR. Writing a review helps me think about a book. Getting a Like or two is just a bonus. There are sure some impressive review writers on GR. Some of them even write about the book!


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