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Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings
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Dec 17, 2011

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bookshelves: 1900-1969, poetry
Read from December 17, 2011 to January 04, 2012

This collection is organized thematically. Cummings' poems on love, sex, prostitutes, humanity, and urban life are brilliant, as are his famous cubist works. I am not particularly interested in him when he turns into a horror of a mix between Wordsworth and Shelley, or when he's writing mythologically or satirically, as I don't really think these are particularly accomplished, and I think they are certainly his least poetic and beautiful poems. Overall, this collection ought to be on everyone's shelf, but it's not consistently great.

But the greatest poems here do what only great literature can.

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