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E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962 (Revised, Corrected, and Expanded Edition) Hardcover – April 17, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; Revised, Corrected, and Expanded Edition edition (April 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871401525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871401526
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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By far the most comprehensive collection of E.E. Cummings poems.
Peter Chordas
If you're knew to ee I would suggest reading one of his poems, just one... flip through the book and pick any single one of them, then you'll know what I mean.
kasia lorenc
If you are simply interested in reading some of his work, it would be better to find his work on the internet or buy one his smaller books.
Kenneth A. Tokuno

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172 of 177 people found the following review helpful By "jb541" on July 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My story begins with my high school English teacher assigning us to read "since feeling is first".
We studied that poem for an entire week. It's not a long poem, so we really dug our hands in, studying every piece of punctuation, every line break, and discovering things we didn't know could be discovered in writing. By the time we were through, I knew I couldn't stop. This is what poetry could be. I couldn't believe it. For a little while, I practiced writing my name in all lower-case. And while I knew I couldn't be cummings, I knew I still wanted to hang out with him and maybe be his friend.
To me, the whole point of e.e. cummings' works is to show how throwing logic and syntax out the window can help one rediscover how to truly capture an emotion -- and not just capture it, but to interrogate it and become either its best friend or its arch rival. There is not one word in any of cummings' works that does not have a reason to be there. His lack of cohesion is sometimes confusing. But at the same time, it charms you; and while you do feel the need to read and re-read each poem, you don't do it to analyze it - you do it because it elicits a different response each time you do. cummings hangs on just the right word, even the right letter in a word, and you know how you feel at that exact moment.
cummings looks not only at the definition of a word but the shape of the word to impact his meaning. This makes his style so intense and so pure that, in my mind, no other has come close to duplicating it.
cummings will never be the world's favorite poet, he will never be studied and understood and appreciated the way Yeats, Poe, Frost, Whitman, or any other of the "greats" will. Fine.
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wanko on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have a few E.E. Cummings books of poetry, but quickly despaired of every finding them all. This collection is a terrific resource for someone who simply wishes to have all the poems collected in one volume.
Typography was preserved very well (with Cummings this is critical), and I find the order of appearance by date helpful in charting his growth as a poet; the first few poems are radically different from the later ones.
Of course, acquiring his individual issues has its own appeal, but if you simply want to have his work easily at hand, this is your only choice (the indexing at the back is extrememly good at helping you remember a poem by its first lines).
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Mills on December 15, 2001
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ee cummings is a magnificent poet - almost as much of a visual artist as writer. His poems fall and flow and jump and dance, their patterns and punctuation adding so much more to the words and essence of meaning. I have tried reading cummings' work aloud: it never quite works. He has an exceptional turn of phrase, and with one line (give or take a pattern or two) can bring about powerful emotive responses.
This book is fantastic - I had quite a lot of difficulty finding collections of his poetry, and although I'd found a couple of small volumes, this one was exhaustive. I reread it - or at least parts thereof - more often than any other poetry book I own, and always seem to discover another nuance or aspect or pattern that I hadn't seen before. cummings wraps you in words, and the best way I can think of to describe how I feel after reading his works is to steal a quote from one of his poems - "such strangeness as was mine a little while."
Worldwords. And he is the creator of my favourite quotation of all time...
"listen:
there's a hell of a good universe next door:
let's go."
And there is.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan -Son on March 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like E.E. Cummings? This massive book has every single poem he ever released (not to mention a few hundred that weren't). If you aren't satisfied with buying the individual books, just pay the thirty-somewhat dollars and get every book anthologized in entierety.

A neat feature is not only the arrangment of poems by book release, but also, in the back, an index of all the first lines of all the poems alphabatized and labeled with the respective page number.

It's the complete collection. Spend the extra 20 bucks and get this instead of just 1 book of poems. Your mind will thank you dearly.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Tokuno on April 8, 2007
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The reason you are reading this review is that you considering buying this book. I can only recommend it if you already know how to read poetry at a minimum and, ideally, if you already are familiar with Edward Estlin Cumming's poetic style (he did not like to be written of as e e cummings). It is a tome at over 1000 pages of text and is not something you can easily take to bed at night for light reading. Each of these poems requires careful study if you are to appreciate them fully, yet such study brings deep rewards, because almost all of his poems bring wonderful insight into what it means to be human. Cummings wrote, as Richard Kennedy well explained in his biography, three kinds of poems. My favorite kind are those that are very romantic, often sonnets. Some of them are erotic but all of them are lovely. Another kind of poetry is satirical, sarcastically critical of modern institutions, arrogant people, and foolishness of all sorts. A third kind of poem is almost an expressionist painting. They are almost like word puzzles with the syntax scrambled, words divided, punctuation marks in odd places. If you're reading this, though, you are familiar with examples of each of these types. This volume gives you a chance to see all of his work. They are roughly in chronological order, but a number of poems not to be found in any other volumes and some experimental work are placed at the end. The order is not that important, because it is hard to see how he developed as a poet over his career. Some of his earliest works seem very modern and some of his last seem almost Victorian (not that he would ever be mistaken for a Victorian). Get this book if you plan to spend a lifetime carefully reading it. If you are simply interested in reading some of his work, it would be better to find his work on the internet or buy one his smaller books.
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