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e. e. cummings—American

(1894-1962)

ENGL 2030—Summer 2013 | Lavery

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e. e. cummings

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e. e. cummings

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[Artists are those] who have discovered (in a mirror surrounded with mirrors) something harder than silence but softer than falling, the third voice of "life" which believes itself and which cannot mean because it is.

e. e. cummings, six non-lectures

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e. e. cummings the painter

fourth-dimensional abstractionOil on canvasboard

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e. e. cummings the painter

Flowers and Hat: Patchen Place, c. 1950, oil on canvas,

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e. e. cummings the painter

Noise Number 1, 1919, oil on canvas,

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e. e. cummings the painter

lone figure and tree in stormy sunsetOil on canvas

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e. e. cummings the painter

Self-portrait with sketchpad, 1939, oil on canvas,

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Discovering cummings

John Dewey

Oil City High School, Oil City, PA

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cummings, “in Just-”

in Just-

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little lame baloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddyandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old baloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

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cummings, “in Just-”

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

the

goat-footed

baloonMan whistle

far

and

wee  

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cummings, “next to of course god america”

"next to of course god america I

love you land of the pilgrims' and so forth oh

say can you see by the dawn's early my

country tis of centuries come and go

and are no more what of it we should worry

in every language even deafanddumb

thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry

by jingo by gee by gosh by gum

why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-

iful than these heroic happy dead

who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter

they did not stop to think they died instead

then shall the voice of liberty be mute?”

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water

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cummings, “next to of course god america”

Oil City High School Rotarians, 1966-1967

Boosterism

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cummings, “Buffalo Bill’s”

Buffalo Bill 's

defunct

            who used to

            ride a watersmooth-silver

                                                stallion

and break onetwothreefourfivepigeonsjustlikethat

                                                                        Jesus

he was a handsome man

                                    and what i want to know is

how do you like your blueeyed boy

Mister Death?

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cummings, “the Cambridge ladies”

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church's protestant blessings

daughters, unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow,both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things-

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

....the Cambridge ladies do not care,above

Cambridge if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless, the

moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

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cummings, “she being Brand”

she being Brand

-new;and youknow consequently alittle stiff i wascareful of her and(having

thoroughly oiled the universaljoint tested my gas felt ofher radiator made sure her springs were O.

K.)i went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her

up,slipped theclutch(and then somehow got into reverse shekicked whatthe hell)nextminute i was back in neutral tried and

again slo-wly;bare,lynudg. ing (my

lev-er Right-oh and her gears being inA 1 shape passedfrom low throughsecond-in-to-high likegrasedlightning

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cummings, “she being Brand”

just as we turned the corner of Divinity

avenue i touched the accelerator and give

her the juice,good

(it

was the first ride and believe i we washappy to see how nice she acted right up tothe last minute coming back down by the PublicGardens i slammed on

theinternalexpanding&externalcontractingbrakes Bothatonce and

brought allofhertremB-lingto a:dead.

stand-;Still)

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cummings, “somewhere I have never travelled”

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

any experience,your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

Hear cummings read it on youtube.

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cummings, “somewhere I have never travelled”

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility:whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens;only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

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cummings, “I thank You God”

i thank You God for most this amazing

day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,

and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth

day of life and love and wings: and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing

breathing any-lifted from the no

of all nothing-human merely being

doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and

now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

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cummings, “’pity this busy monster, manunkind”

pity this busy monster, manunkind,

not. Progress is a comfortable disease:

your victim (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness

—electrons deify one razorblade

into a mountainrange; lenses extend

unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish

returns on its unself.

A world of made

is not a world of born—pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this

fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if—listen: there's a hell

of a good universe next door; let's go

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cummings, “I like my body when it is with your”

i like my body when it is with yourbody. It is so quite new a thing.Muscles better and nerves more.i like your body. i like what it does,i like its hows. i like to feel the spineof your body and its bones, and the trembling-firm-smooth ness and which i willagain and again and againkiss, i like kissing this and that of you,i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzzof your electric fur, and what-is-it comesover parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

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cummings, “O sweet spontaneous”

O sweet spontaneous

earth how often have

the doting

fingers of

prurient philosophies pinched

and poked

thee

has the naughty thumb

of science prodded

thy

beauty how

often have religions taken

thee upon their scraggy

knees squeezing and

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cummings, “O sweet spontaneous”

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

gods

but

true

to the incomparable

couch of death thy

rhythmic

lover

thou answerest

them only with

spring

ENGL 2030—Summer 2013 | Lavery