By E. E. Cummings
E.e. cummings is with no query one of many significant poets of this century, and this quantity, first released in 1959, is integral for each lover of recent lyrical verse. It comprises 100 of cummings’s wittiest and such a lot profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the main greatly artistic years in modern American poetry. those poems convey the entire notable lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which cummings is known. They display superbly his extrapolations from conventional poetic buildings and his departures from them, in addition to the original synthesis of lavish imagery and acute inventive precision that has gained him the adulation and admire of critics and poetry fanatics everywhere.
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