E. E. Cummings


r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r


r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r
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Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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  • Fredric Williams (7/27/2007 10:54:00 PM)

    Unfortunately, this isn't really e. e. cummings' poem. Cummings was an artist, and was extremely careful about the layout of this poem - it cannot be made flush left, as it is in this version.

    It is difficult to space the lines properly - but to get the correct effect, it is necessary. (Report) Reply

  • Gary Witt (9/19/2006 6:47:00 PM)

    The Rule: All poems are best appreciated when read aloud. For years and years I thought this was one exception to the rule (knowing as I did that eecummings will not encounter a rule without breaking it, or at least bending it) . It seemed to be a poem that literally could not be appreciated when read aloud.

    But think again. In order to read it at all (even to oneself) , one's eyes must hop around in fits and starts, searching for the next letter (never mind the next word) exactly the same way as one follows a grasshopper in a field.

    It is a truly non-linear poem.

    So now I read it aloud, spelling when I don't see a word, pronouncing when I see a phoneme, but all the time moving slowly when I have to, quickly when I may, eyes hopping from point to point until I see the grasshopper.

    BTW, there are no emoticons in this poem. (Report) Reply

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