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100 Selected Poems Paperback – January 10, 1994
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To my way of thinking Cummings is, within his field of personal emotion, the lyrical field, one of the inventors of our time. He puts his inventions down with an unexpected refurbishing of phrase and a filigree delicacy of hairbreadth exact statement that is a continual challenge.”John Dos Passos
No one else has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive both to the general and the special reader; since the early twenties, Cummings has been more widely imitated and easily appreciated than any other modernist poet.”Randall Jarrell
He has more control over language than any poet since Joyce. . . . Everybody delights in reading him.”Karl Shapiro
E.E. Cummings is a concentrate of titanic significance, a positive character’; and only ingenuousness could attempt to suggest in a word the heroic’ aspect of his painting, his poems, and his resistances. He does not make aesthetic mistakes.”Marianne Moore
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I read the whole book from cover to cover in the bookstore and I knew I had to have it as part of my collection. When the old hippie put the book in a bag he just smiled at me as if to say, "I told you so..."
So now I'm telling you, you who is looking for something crazybeautiful in which to pour your lovelyeyeslikemine over. Carry this book with you. Go to the local coffeehouse with pen in hand and make notes in the margins. Talk to Mr. Cummings as though he was right in front of you, because in a way, he never died. He is still very much alive and he especially loves new seekers of his words.
There are certain things that one must read before they exit the planet and this is one of them. You may not go crazy over it as much as I did, and if you weren't the least bit impressed I suggest that you make an appointment with the doctor and see if you have a pulse.
This little book is de-light-full and will work its magic in you if you let it.
At the same time, unfortunately, this collection provides numerous examples of cummings' more irritating work. Virtually all of the best poems are in the first half of this chronological volume; after that, cummings devolves into increasingly tiresome verbal gimmicks. The actual content in these later poems is slight, and the self-congratulatory tone becomes grating. Nonetheless, given the high quality of the early poetry, this book remains a firm recommendation.
I bought this book purposely for that single one and in doing so managed to get another ninety-nine wonderful poems.
Cummings writes with such an imaginitive and intelligent style. You can't help being charmed and inspired at the same time. A great starting point for anyone interesting in his poems.
may i feel said he..i'll squeal said she..just once said he..it's fun said she..may i touch said he..how much said she..a lot said he..why not said she..let's go said he..not too far said she..what's too far said he..where you are said she..may i stay said he..which way said she..like this said he..if you kiss said she..may i move said he..is it love said she..if you're willing said he..but you're killing said she..but it's life said he..but your wife said she..now said he..ow said she..tiptop said he..don't stop said she..on no said he..go slow said she..cccome?said he..ummm said she..you're divine!said he..you are Mine said she
These poems are his less language experiments and more poetry. the book includes Poems such as He said she said and Some where I have traveled boyond any experience.
The poems are so well crafted and precise yet emotional. The rythum of these poems is also captivating. Cummings is an artist of words who with 50 word may be able to beat any picture.
100 SELECTED POEMS is a fine and concise introduction to the works of this nonconformist poet. There is a sampling of his very best poems and enough variety to sway all doubters. This collection wisely (I feel) avoids the more terrifyingly eccentric typography of some of his more notorious efforts, though some of the later poems in this collection push the envelope far enough to be discomforting (but in a good way). No collection of American poetry would be complete without e.e.cummings, and this book rattles like a fragment of angry candy.
Jeremy W. Forstadt
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This is a beautifully arranged little book of some of Cummings' best. The pages are light but a nice weight, and the font and page placement of the pieces are aesthetically... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book after reading the poem nobody loses all the time. I enjoy the way Cummings plays with words and uses unconventional syntax. His love poems are very good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Esther V
Love this book. It was preowned so obviously it's not perfect but it was mostly in great condition.Published 4 months ago by Joseph Hinton
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bryan Byrd
an excellent selection, attractively printed.