|About the Book|
For anyone who thinks they may not be an e.e. cummings fan: I feel compelled to document my experience with his poetry because of how greatly my opinion of it changed over time.I bought the book on a whim because Id admired a few of his daring, unique poems in high school.Reading through the entirety of his poetry was, at first, daunting. The first few hundred pages instilled a lot of confusion, and even when I did comprehend it, there was a lot of clashing between his joy and his cynicism (to say nothing of his occasional racism). Halfway through, I felt confident I would finish the book, but couldnt have given a definite rating, and didnt comprehend the ~4.62 rating he got on Goodreads.But I stuck with the book, and sometime during the second half of the book I finally got it - I began to understand his style, his perspective, and his goals ... and once Id learned the language I was able to see how incredibly beautiful it is. His poetry draws attention to the simplest, strongest experiences of our world, and cummings writes with a novelty and surprise that mimics the expressed experience itself. Brilliantly, he begs us, forces us, to slow down and witness something, or contemplate something, as it deserves. Eventually, he got me to do it: I hope he gets all of you to do it, too.