100 Selected Poems

Selected Poems An Evergreen Book Published by Grove Weidenfeld E E Cummings is without question one of the major poems of this century and this volume first published in is indispensable for every lover of m

  • Title: 100 Selected Poems
  • Author: E.E. Cummings
  • ISBN: 9780394172194
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Evergreen Book Published by Grove Weidenfeld E E Cummings is without question one of the major poems of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse It contains one hundred of Cummings s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty five of the most radically creative years in contempor An Evergreen Book Published by Grove Weidenfeld E E Cummings is without question one of the major poems of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse It contains one hundred of Cummings s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which Cummings is famous They demonstrate beautifully his extrapolations from traditional poetic structures and his departures from them, as well as the unique synthesis of lavish imagery and acute artistic precision that has won him the adulation and respect of critics and poetry lovers everywhere.

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    1. If you want to experience a poet dance, pick up ee cummings.If you are youth and want some slogans on your t-shirt or screen, pick up ee cummings.If you've forgotten what youth was, pick up ee cummings.If you orgasm often/occasionally, pick up ee cummings.If you're into the jazz of language, linguistic acrobatics, pick up ee cummings.If you've ever loved or still do, pick up ee cummings.If you've never loved or don't love anymore, pick up ee cummings.If you crave for both unexplored and familiar [...]

    2. For some reason, I had never rated E. E. Cummings. He became the icon for form-twisting poetry, with his name written in lower-case reflecting the way his poems used and abused typography, grammar, and punctuation. I'm a symbol manipulating machine, it's why I'm a computer programmer and why I love to read. But I manipulate symbols within rules, and I love rules: I loved learning the rules of punctuation and spelling and grammar. Knowledge is power, it let me sort the world into right and wrong [...]

    3. I find reviewing poetry like reviewing a color. If your favorite color is blue, it's hard to explain why it appeals to you. Or why blue is better then red. Expressing the inarticulable, the ability to convey a sense of something beyond words through words, for me, is the greatness of a poet.I first stumbled across cummings in high school in one of those gloss covered, all-encompassing, "LITERATURE" textbooks that public schools are so fond of. And, for whatever reason, e.e. cummings has accompan [...]

    4. somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyondany experience, your eyes have their silence:in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,or which i cannot touch because they are too nearyour slightest look easily will unclose methough i have closed myself as fingers,you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first roseor if your wish be to close me, i andmy life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,as when the heart of this flower imagin [...]

    5. My first Cummings book (it cost me $1.95 many years ago) and still my favorite. There are so many poems in here which I think are good poems. The general critical consensus seems to be that Cummings was second-rate. Well, for me, he is more engaging than many poets that others fawn over. He was an accomplished sonneteer, though you might not recognize all his sonnets for what they are at first, due to his experiments with orthography. He was a fine erotic poet, and an effective political satiris [...]

    6. As I finished this slim book, I puzzled over how to best explain how it makes me feel. I got this image in my head:If I were stranded on a deserted island and allowed to take one book with me, this book would be in my top five of final, possible picks. If I picked this book to take with me, when someone found me ten years later, I would still be puzzling over some of the meaning of the poems; I would still be kept comfortably happy, sad, shy, engaged, and peaceful by the texture, the emotion of [...]

    7. I’m not sure I was clever enough to understand what EE Cummings had to say in these 100 poems of his. Most of them are hardly a page long and very short but like my aversion of short stories there was something in this book of short poems that just didn’t click with me. I remember opening a Brian Transeaux (I think) album and reading the following excerpt from a Cumming’s poem and being blown away as an 18 year old:“Deeds cannot dream what dreams can doTime is a tree (this life is one le [...]

    8. Ever since my modern literature class in college, I've kind of had a thing against Cummings. I hated his style. As a grammar nazi, it completely confused me. When the professor suggested that we read the poems aloud, I scoffed. I loved poetry and I never had to read it aloud before so why should I now?However, that professor was correct.When I came across this book on one of my lists, I told myself that I could suffer through just 100 poems. I didn't suffer through them at all, though. It was po [...]

    9. I had always thought Cummings was all about punctuation and syntax gimmicks, but reading this slim volume made me reevaluate his poetry. Sure, there are insufferable poems included here that might just be pure poetic masturbation, but when he's successful—that is, when he manages to use those syntactical and punctuation quirks as stepping stones to transcend ordinary meaning—he reaches a depth that can't be reached otherwise, and the effect is often one of chilling delight, from wonderfully [...]

    10. may my heart always be open to littlebirds who are the secrets of livingwhatever they sing is better than to knowand if men should not hear them men are oldmay my mind stroll about hungryand fearless and thirsty and suppleand even if it's sunday may i be wrongfor whenever men are right they are not youngand may myself do nothing usefullyand love yourself so more than trulythere's never been quite such a fool who could failpulling all the sky over him with one smile---While reading this, I was co [...]

    11. I've only read a few of his poems for my literature class but wow, he's one of my favorites. I love his wording. Absolutely beautiful. I actually read them in March 2016 but it's poems within my LIT book that I counted as read already :)

    12. this cover is terrible and this collection doesn't have my faves i carry your heart or dive for dreams unfortunately but i love it

    13. I don't like his style. There were some poems I really enjoyed. I would probably like this more if I took more time to study it later in my life, but there's a lot more to read in the world.

    14. Every time I read this collection of verses, I find new favorites and gain new understanding of cummings’s work. This time, one that spoke to me was #99–“and now you are and I am now and we’rea mystery which will never happen again,a miracle which has never happened before—and shining this our now must come to then”

    15. I've always loved the Indigo Girls song "Virginia Woolf," because it's about the awe-inspiring sensation of instinctively grasping a writer's aesthetic and point of view, and it's pretty much how I felt while I was reading this collection of E. E. Cummings's poems.I had encountered isolated examples of Cummings before, in textbooks, anthologies, and choral music, but I really only began to grasp the breadth and depth of Cummings's wit, playfulness, and effusive use of language when I read severa [...]

    16. My rating of works of poetry are always purely based on my personal enjoyment of them and are never based on the skill of the writing. To me, poetry is all about perception and whether or not the words speak to you. 100 Selected Poems proves that E.E. Cummings was a master manipulator of words. His voice in these poems was so witty and clever and sometimes I would have to take a lengthy pause at the end of a piece before it would click and I'd say "I see what he did there!". While being unique a [...]

    17. It's a pleasure to write about e. e. cummings, as it is to read him. (And I believe, as is obvious, in never capitalizing his name. It's like putting "God" in lower case.) The extravagant praise on the back of this book, by Marianne Moore, John Dos Passos, Randall Jarrell, Karl Shapiro, is notably defensive, as if one must apologize for liking cummings -- the way one apologizes for loving Madonna. And there is a definite "pop music" to e. e.: the tender strains of love, and adolescent revolt, sw [...]

    18. It's hard to rate an anthology of poetry because there were individual poems in there that I drop-dead loved, others I just liked. There were others I did not like at all and there were some I had trouble understanding. Of the ones I had trouble understanding there were some that I figured if I was a little smarter, or better read or had more similar cultural capital to the poet maybe I would have had a chance, but there were some I suspected the poet was just being subjective to the point of in [...]

    19. I once titled a high school mix tape "He sang his didn't he danced his did." -- I bet I wasn't the only person to do that. Cummings speaks to that rosy-cheeked puppy-love idealism that infects us all when we're young & lusty, and he's occasionally a genius at it too. But I think high school is where his poems should stay: his inability to think deeply about any topic whatsoever is pretty obvious as you read on. And his bungee-jumping syntax seems more lazy than brilliant after you move on to [...]

    20. How can you describe the beauty of E.E. Cummings? There is no way to put into words the simply ecstastic way in which he writes. For people who can't stand some improper grammar - you probably won't be his biggest fan. It's an aqquired taste to be sure. His poems are full of ambition, idealism, sex, and fantasy. The words float off the page. Read them out loud to yourself. I'll be astonished if you're not completely moved by them. "i feel that(false and true are merely to know)Love only has ever [...]

    21. Something I thought I would like, but ended up just breezing and looking at the poems. I know some people love this guys stuff, but I couldn't really get into it, at least some of them looked nice. To be honest, I'm not sure what I just read. Was that even a langue or a list of random words? Sorry, but this is not my kind of poetry. Maybe if I was more into poetry I'd like this stuff. Oh well.

    22. a man who had fallen among thieveslay by the roadside on his backdressed in fifteenthrate ideaswearing a round jeer for a hatIf you've never read Cummings, you need to give him time. His punctuation, his meld words, his eccentric word-placement on the page, and then his actual experiments with meaning—they're not immediately obvious or understandable. Some poems are harder, some easier to grasp, but I found persisting with an open mind to be ultimately rewarding.Reading aloud helped me discove [...]

    23. I'm always fascinated by the way Cummings created his own style (with the use of parentheses and his improper use of grammar). Although some poems are difficult to fathom, most of his poems are well-written and I just had to indulge into the verses over and over again. #79let it go — thesmashed word brokenopen vow orthe oath cracked lengthwise let it go itwas sworn togolet them go — thetruthful liars andthe false fair friendsand the boths andneithers — you must let them go theywere bornto [...]

    24. For anyone interested in ee cummings' poetry, or twentieth century poems in general this is a good overview. Being only 100 of the almost 3,000 that he wrote it is necessarily a highly selective volume. However, arranged in chronological order and spanning a publication period from 1923 to 1950, it does give insight into the evolution of cummings' poetic voice. Enigmatic; visual; profound; unmistakable; untterly engaging.

    25. Sometimes poetry is meant to explore the person that wrote it, the person we are at the time, society, and other views. E.E. Cummings is a genius. While a bit tough to follow at times requiring a reread, the works speak for themselves. Poetry is meant to be read aloud and to be heard by the soul. :)

    26. “Anybody lived in a pretty how town” was my introduction to the echoing haunting music of e.e. Cummings, whose poetry is not easily accessible. Read it aloud, like William Faulkner. The wry humor mingled with unique detachment perhaps mark his experience as a prisoner of war.

    27. This slim volume covers Cummings work from 1923-1950, with anywhere from two to twenty poems excerpted from the different collections he published during those years. Taking a cue from a reviewer friend of mine (whose own poetry experiment has inspired me to seek out more verse), I took pen in hand to mark those poems to which I thought I would like to return later, and at first, the results were very positive. I had marked eight out of the first thirty poems as especially effective to me, but u [...]

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