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E. E. Cummings

"Nobody Loses All the Time," by e.e. cummings, is--on a superficial level--the tale of the author's Uncle Sol. Sol is a perennial loser. He starts off as a vegetable farmer, but his chickens ate...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010, 5:37 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Three kinds of massive, destructive forces mentioned in e.e. cummings's poem are a tornado, a blizzard, and a manmade apocalypse. After the unheralded destruction of World War I, poets such as...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2017, 2:31 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

The poem reveals that cummings not only believes in God, but finds faith in the deity through the beauty of the incarnate world, which cummings joyously celebrates in these verses. In other words,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2016, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings is well-known for his writing and Plato Told is typical of his individuality. It is a timeless poem which reminds the reader that war is an ongoing tragedy that will never change...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015, 9:54 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

There are two aspects of the poetry of E.E. Cummings that make him significant: He was on the "cutting edge" of the Modernist, experimental movement. His poetry is new in its typography, its...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 8:15 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Cummings is calming a child at bedtime, whose child problems and worries have made him/her restless. At the same time, of course, Cummings is calling us all "little children" who are worrying...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

The poet e. e. cummings advises students that the most important piece of advice he can give is to "learn how to feel." He says that any old person can learn to think or to know. He implies that...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010, 6:00 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

This poem is an interesting—if occasionally difficult—read, considering its seemingly erratic use of spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. A little research into the style of E. E. Cummings's...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019, 4:25 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

The "You" represents God, to whom the poem is addressed. This poem is a prayer of thanksgiving, spoken directly to God, thanking Him for the beauty of the natural world, "for everything which is...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2009, 6:40 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

This poem, convoluted and abbreviated in typical Cummings style, is a homage to individuality, a portrait of Kitty herself, and an admonishment to her “Johns” – a description of the less obvious...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

I have always found this poem to be one of the more difficult cummings poems to figure out. With e. e. cummings, it is really important to look at the non-traditional way he uses words because...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010, 12:34 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

On the first reading of the beautiful poem "who are you, little i" by e. e. cummings, the poem appears to be about a parent watching a child who is looking out a window at the sunrise. However, the...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020, 3:42 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

This poem is a good example of a Modernist poem. Modernist writers, like e. e. cummings, often drew upon the horrors of World Wars I and II in their writing, while at the same time emphasizing and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019, 11:05 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

There is a belief that suggests that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. This could serve as an excellent starting point for the discussion in Cummings' work. The premise of the poem is...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

This work does not fall into traditional repeated feet or meter. Instead, it both mocks and replicates the speech tones of an insincere political public rant, meant to impress the audience with a...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2016, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

To properly answer this question, it is important to grasp the poet's intention in "i thank you God" by e e cummings. This is a poem written in praise of the beauties and wonders of God. Cummings...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Foregrounding is any instance where an author or poet uses literary terms and calls attention to them through their salience. This poem uses plenty of foregrounding as the poet builds up his...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

In his "Advice to All Young People," E.E. Cummings underscores a reflection of the English author, Oscar Wilde, who said, "most people's thoughts are those of others; their words a quotation." For...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2010, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Both E. E. Cummings's poem "[O sweet spontaneous]" and Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago" exhibit characteristics of modernism. Let's look at how each poem does this. First, it is important to...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2022, 2:10 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

E.E. Cummings, in his poem "A Poet's Advice," maintains that writing poetry is a supremely difficult task. Cummings begins by defining the task of a poet: A poet is somebody who feels, and who...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010, 11:03 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

This modified sonnet by E. E. Cummings varies from the traditional sonnet form in its rhythm, meter, punctuation, and capitalization. One of Cummings' signature techniques is erratic punctuation...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 3:50 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

These two poems, the first (XX, from 1x1) a three-stanza series of octavo lines, speculates on the expansion of words beyond their limitations, positing a release of vocabulary and parts of speech...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2013, 1:39 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

On the surface, the narrator is speaking to a little kitten who has fallen asleep with its eyes open. But the poem also speaks of spring, and in combination these images reflect Cummings’ interest...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

E.E. Cummings was a poet who loved to experiment with language and to break the rules. When readers first look at Cummings's poems, they often scratch their heads and wonder why there are so many...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

There is an echo of cummings poem in the Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” not superficially (Byzantium was a great capitol, closer to a cathedral than a “little church") but in its placing of the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

“in Just-” is a strong example of Cummings’ topiary style; by varying the line length and indentation, the poem on the printed page takes to shape of the “goat-footed”(read Pan) balloon man. As an...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011, 3:19 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

cummings is mocking patriotic rhetoric. cummings mashes cliches that you would typically hear from politicians in speeches or traditionally, at fourth of july celebrations. this is a satire on a...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010, 9:16 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

In his poem "next to of course god america i," e. e. cummings satirizes the blind chauvinism that politicians summon from the citizens and soldiers in order to serve their purposes in times of war....

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016, 11:32 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

One of the excellent effects cummings uses in this poem to convey his message can be detected in the final line of the poem. cummings's work often does not utilize full sentences structured in a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

I think what e.e. cummings is saying is not that it is difficult to be a poet. I think he is saying that it is difficult to be original - and therefore implying, that in order to be a poet, you...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010, 3:13 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

The E. E. Cummings poem “who are you, little i” features, strictly speaking, improper grammar and punctuation. The “i” is not capitalized. There are no spaces between the comma (,), the semicolon...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

First, while it is true that Cummings wrote his own name without punctuation or capitalization (e e cummings), it has become common practice for scholars to normalize the form when citing or...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Persons initially approaching cummings’ poetry are often blinded by his innovative typographical and line-length experiments, and miss the beautiful layering of images that reflect his unique view...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

Alliteration is used in E.E. Cummings' "next to of course god america I": "Love your land" in line 2, "glorious name by gorry" in line 7, "jingo by gee by gosh by gum" in line 8, "heroic happy,"...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2010, 3:17 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

You couldn’t have picked a more unlikely candidate to compare to this Yeats poem than e.e. cummings, for theme, and for style. Cummings did not see seasons as inevitably leading to death, but...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2012, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

I believe the E. E. Cummings Copyright Trust (or estate) is handled by the Liveright Publishing Corporation. You can contract Liveright Publishing at the address below. I have included other...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010, 12:31 am (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

An avowed pacifist dedicated to averting war, Cummings' poem is an indictment of blind patriotism that accompanies most war efforts. In his own life, Cummings experienced the downside of war,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

These two poems by the inestimable e. e. cummings clearly offer very different views on life. "In Just-" gives us a childhood pictue of the sheer joy of living as the children in the poem rejoice...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings's poem “[in Just-]” provides a unique blend of visual interest, ambiguous content, and a lack of resolution that makes the poem both appealing and a little disturbing. Let's look at...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2022, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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