100 Selected Poems

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Grove Press, 1959 - 121 pages
E.E. Cummings is without question one of the major poets of this century, and this volume, first published in 1959, is indispensable for every lover of modern lyrical verse. It contains one hundred of Cummings’s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which Cummings is famous. They demonstrate beautifully his extrapolations from traditional poetic structures and his departures from them, as well as the unique synthesis of lavish imagery and acute artistic precision that has won him the adulation and respect of critics and poetry lovers everywhere.
 

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Contents

Thy fingers make early flowers of
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All in green went my love riding
2
when god lets my body be
4
in Just
5
O sweet spontaneous
6
Buffalo Bills
7
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
8
it may not always be so and i say
9
if i
64
may my heart always be open to little
65
you shall above all things be glad and young
66
flotsam and jetsam
67
spoke joe to jack
68
redrag and pinkflag
69
proud of his scientific attitude
70
a pretty a day
71

suppose
10
raise the shade
11
here is little Effies head
12
Spring is like a perhaps hand
14
who knows if the moons
15
i like my body when it is with your
16
little tree
17
Humanity i love you
18
POEM OR BEAUTY HURTS MR VINAL
19
nobody loses all the time
21
mr youse neednt be so spry
23
she being Brand
24
MEMORABILIA
26
a man who had fallen among thieves
28
voices to voices lip to lip
29
next to of course god america i
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my sweet old etcetera
32
heres a little mouse and
33
in spire of everything
34
since feeling is first
35
if i have made my lady intricate
36
i sing of Olaf glad and big
37
if there are any heavens my mother will all by herself have
39
a light Out
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a clowns smirk in the skull of a baboon
41
if i love You
43
somewhere i have never travelled gladly beyond
44
but if a living dance upon dead minds
45
sonnet entitled how to run the world
46
may i feel said he
47
little joe gould has lost his teeth and doesnt know where
48
kumrads die because theyre told
49
conceive a man should he have anything
50
heres to opening and upward to leaf and to sap
51
what a proud dreamhorse pulling smoothloomingly through
52
Jehovah buried Satan dead
53
this mind made war
54
loves function is to fabricate unknownness
57
death having lost put on his universe
58
kind
59
of EverEver Land i speak
61
this little bride groom are
62
my specialty is living said
63
as freedom is a breakfastfood
72
anyone lived in a pretty how town
73
my father moved through dooms of love
75
i say no world
78
these children singing in stone a
80
love is the every only god
81
love is more thicker than forget
82
hate blows a bubble of despair into
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what freedoms not some unders mere above
84
of all the blessings which to man
85
a salesman is an it that stinks Excuse
86
a politician is an arse upon
87
plato told
88
pity this busy monster manunkind
89
ones not half two Its two are halves of one
90
what if a much of a which
91
no man if men are gods but if gods must
92
when god decided to invent
93
rain or hail
94
let it gothe
96
nothing false and possible is love
97
except in your
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true lovers in each happening of their hearts
100
yes is a pleasant country
101
all ignorance toboggans into know
102
darling because my blood can sing
103
sweet spring is your
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o by the by
105
if everything happens that cant be done
106
when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
108
if a cheenulest Elephantangelchild should sit
109
o to be in finland
110
no time ago
111
to start to hesitate to stop
112
if touched by loves own secret we like homing
113
i thank You God for most this amazing
114
the great advantage of being alive
115
when faces called flowers float out of the ground
116
love our so right
117
now all the fingers of this tree darling
118
luminous tendril of celestial wish
119
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A Harvard University graduate, e e cummings lived in Greenwich Village and spent his summers on a farm in New Hampshire. He was born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While working for the American Red Cross in France in 1917, cummings was mistakenly imprisoned for several months. This experience resulted in the publication of a novel, The Enormous Room (1922). Although he went on to write other prose, it is for his poetry that he is best known. He also published plays, wrote a ballet, and was a respected painter. He was awarded many honors for his work, including the 1958 Bollingen Prize for poetry and the National Book Award in 1955. Although he used many techniques to stress his meaning, he wrote about the traditional subjects of love, nature, and the corrupting influence of materialism. cummings delivered lectures while at Harvard in 1952; in that same year, he was awarded an honorary seat as a guest professor. He also wrote the delightful commentaries for the 50 photographs in Adventures in Value by his wife, Marion Morehouse, a fine and sensitive photographer cummings died of a stroke on September 3, 1962, at the age of 67 in North Conway, New Hampshire at the Memorial Hospital. His cremated remains were buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory in Boston.

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