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e. e. cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962 Hardcover – April 17, 1994

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“One of the greatest lyric poets in our language.” (John Logan - Modern American Poetry)

“To return to…his poems is to return to a buoyancy and boisterousness, of course, but also to an odd bountifulness…[encapsulating] a profound sense of wonder and wistfulness.” (Paul Muldoon - The New Yorker)

“Cummings was one of the most spirited and original American writers of the 20th century.” (Wall Street Journal) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. He was also a playwright, a painter, and a writer of prose. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University and, during World War I, served with an ambulance corps in France. He spent three months in a French detention camp and subsequently wrote The Enormous Room, a highly acclaimed criticism of World War I. After the war, Cummings returned to the States and published his first collection of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys, which was characterized by his innovative style: pushing the boundaries of language and form while discussing love, nature, and war with sensuousness and glee. He spent the rest of his life painting, writing poetry, and enjoying widespread popularity and success.
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  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (April 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871401525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871401526
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer 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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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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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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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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e.e. cummings is a master of the English language. The way he uses words to paint a picture will leave you breathless and touch your heart. These are not poems to be read lightly...you will need to think about what has been written and how, but I think that each poem in its own way will reflect a part of your own life once you figure out exactly what is being said. His combinations of words are unique and beautiful and create a melody of poetry that you will fall in love with. "rain fell(as it will in spring) ropes of silver gliding from sunny thunder into freshness as if god's flowers were pulling upon bells of gold" How could you not want to read this?
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By Jenny Wells on November 19, 1999
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i first heard of e.e. cummings last year at a poetry conference. someone had written this profound poem and told me that his main influence was e.e. cummings, someone i had never read. i checked out one of his books from my school library and was addicted from then on. his style is incredible, his imagery is so marvelous, and his writing is all-together great. the way he used words to paint a gorgeous image has never been matched, and most likely never will. he is one of the most expressive poets ive ever read. some of his work is touching, some hilarious, some full of passion. amazing is the only word i can think of to describe him.
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