Buffalo Bill 's Questions and Answers

Buffalo Bill 's

The speaker starts by referring to Buffalo Bill as “defunct,” or dead. Straight away, we’ve been placed on notice that this is going to be an irreverent portrait of an American hero. That said, the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 1:38 pm UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

Visually, the spacing in this poem seems to achieve two ends: it is a reflection both of Buffalo Bill’s career and his sharpshooting act, as well as a succinct plotline in itself. The lines forge...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 4:06 pm UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

The blue-eyed boy in the poem is Buffalo Bill, or William Cody, to give him his real name. The expression means someone who is widely admired and respected. Buffalo Bill was just such a man,...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 11:17 am UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

One of the sounds that E. E. Cummings uses in "Buffalo Bill's" is the quick repetition of words. This is made to sound like shots in order, each hitting their mark; Buffalo Bill was known for his...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 3:21 am UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

Buffalo Bill was a frontiersman who lived from 1846–1917. At the height of his fame, he was known as being a great buffalo hunter and an Indian fighter. He later toured both the United States an...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2021 12:00 pm UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

E.E. Cummings does some interesting things in "[Buffalo Bill 's]. As with a lot of his work, Cummings combines both meaning and form to further his message. In this particular poem, he refrains...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 5:54 pm UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

When "Buffalo Bill 's" by E.E. Cummings is changed to prose form, the elements of poetry that have to do with word choice remain the same. However, the poem loses its structure and will be read...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 4:53 pm UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

The poem is unusual in that rather than beginning with a title, it simply opens with the short line "Buffalo Bill ’s." The line itself is a reference to a historical person. "Buffalo Bill" was a...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016 4:51 am UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

You need a little bit of background, an eye toward the layout of the poem on the page, and a ear for sound to properly interpret Cummings poem.First of all, Buffalo Bill Cody was once a...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008 6:43 am UTC

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Buffalo Bill 's

"Mister Death" is Cummings's trademark whimsical way of addressing death itself. In the context of the poem, it is a direct address; with traditional punctuation, the last two lines of...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008 7:50 am UTC

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