Poetry and Prose of E.E. Cummings

Poetry and Prose of E.E. Cummings

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A detailed analysis of the poems in which Cummings employed unconventional punctuation and grammar is included in this study of the eccentric poet
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  • Hardback | 177 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Harcourt
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0151722951
  • 9780151722952

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Cummings' position in American poetry has never been an altogether formidable one. Just prior to and since his death re-evaluations and/or memoirs of the man have been coming off the presses, yet it is difficult to see in this anything more than the sort of critical salute most "names" of the Twenties eventually receive. Perhaps the most significant tribute, or sign of Cummings' continuing influence, was the recent publication of Berryman's Dream Songs, where certain passages and nuances are clearly indebted to the older poet's typographical and grammatical eccentricities. Professor Wegner's study, which he has needlessly labeled "an appreciation," resembles in many ways those flattering brochures museum people put out when a gallery is given over to a particular painter's work. There is nothing wrong in this, provided one is already in Cummings' corner, or better yet, merely in search of a sympathetic survey. If one is, then learning that "Cummings' major subjects are love, birth, growth, dying and their antitheses," that his style is not gratuitous but highly controlled, and that through a combination of sensory detail and satiric thrusts he created an individual speech in the service of individual integrity and so forth- all these, and many other considerations, then seem eminently useful, especially when little known aspects of Cummings' output are reverentially brought to light. But reverence makes for dullness and the book is dull.... (Kirkus Reviews)
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