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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for lovers of Cummings, 13 Dec 2010
This review is from: Selected Poems 1923-1958 (Paperback)
You can't really buy this book and give it a bad review, as you already know what you are getting and it is an excellent edition and with very well selected work from Cummings. There are a few poems that will be new to someone approaching Cummings for the first time, but that is what I feel is the beauty of a collection of an author's work, you get more than the works that are constantly put to death, and rid of their meanings by being included in every anthology under the sun. In this collection you get a diverse range of the poet's work and a truer sense of who he is rather than if you were just reading those several well known ones that are quoted in Hollywood movies such as 'In Her Shoes' in a form of fast-food, instant bite culture
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming stuff, 30 Sep 2004
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Read these on snatched breaks from a little light-deprived office so all the more luminous for the context. It's a simplistic philosophy Cummings has (flowers, pretty girls and life= good, machines, academia and death = bad) but none the worse for it. All that stumbling syntax is worth it I promise- it makes everything fresh somehow. We live in a world in which we must battle against cynicism, apathy and horrible fluorescent lighting: arm yourself with some Cummings I say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 8 April 2010
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This is a beautiful little book, especially for those who already love Cummings, but I'm not sure about the choice of content for those new to him, if it's fair to criticise there being too much content in a collection? To read the same theme drawn differently in his extra-ordinary style is delightful for study but perhaps it can feel a little repetitious.

There isn't the tiniest introduction or biography and readers might want to learn a little about the author before embarking.

On the practical side, the book is printed in a rather small font but on nice paper so it is a pleasure to hold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 23 Nov 2011
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It is worth making the effort to get to know the man's style, careful use of punctuation etc.
In my opinion this book contains some of the best poetry in the English language.... "Lady, through whose profound and fragile lips, the sweet small clumsy feet of April came into the ragged meadow of my soul"... WOW!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 30 Mar 2013
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Wonderful, quirky poetry. The lack of punctuation makes it classic and unique * * * * * * * *
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy for the first 20 poems, 29 Jan 2002
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The first 20 or so poems (from cummings' first collections) are the best. After that, cummings tends to repeat himself, & the style degenerates into formulaic whimsy. His account of his experiences as a 1st World War POW ("The Enormous Room") is also worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art, 30 Mar 2013
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I bought this book for a friend who was not familiar with e e Cummings. Needless to say they were more than apply with this slim volume
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Selected Poems 1923-1958 by E.E. Cummings (Paperback - 8 Aug 1977)
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