Monday, August 13, 2007

r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r by E. E. Cummings

with up so floating many bells down...


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I propose that e.e.cummings is likely the granddaddy of "l33t h4x0r sp33k". And, to me, he makes infinitely more sense than a lot of the internet gibberish i read online, like web2.0?! wtf... and cookies? i mean come on, all i want to do is scarf down some mr christie when i hear that. srsly folks, this is synth poetry combining meticulous engineering of syntactical and cerebral aesthetics at its best. rspkt.

-L.

15 comments:

neilv said...

Not bad. This site is pretty good for e-cummings - _CAMALHOLIC.NET_

Joe said...

i'll be the first to admit that I don't understand this poem... i get lost on PPEGORHRASS...

help?

Lauren said...

ummm this is my interpretation (remember that it is a poem and can be interpreted an infinite number of ways and the only correct one is the author's)

This is about a grasshopper :P It is not a concrete poem (where the poem is made to look like/represent the subject) per se, as that would imply that this looks like a grasshopper. It does not! But, I think it creates, using syntax, sudden breaks in words (using typographic tools such as blank space, sudden and superficially illogical punctuation or other words) to subtly tie the staccato movements of a grasshopper to the words and images that the concrete face of the poem provides. For example: the word grasshopper is repeated four times, each with a different arrangement of letters. Not only do the letters differ, but so too does the punctuation and capitalization. This creates jarring jumps in the reader's mind, if read with a careful eye, from one letter to the next to try to piece together the word.

In my mind, this is the movement of a grasshopper as described by both the words in the poem and its layout: (the poem "says": grasshopper, who as we look up now gathering into a the leaps arriving to become rearrangingly, grasshopper.). There is too much to say about that sentence here, but the gist of it is that a grasshopper gathers up its energies and expels them all into the universe with its leap... it becomes tiny atoms, completely seperate of itself and appearing a tiny blur to the observer's eye...until it rearranges its being once more and settles into its static shape (the end of the poem, which is not really an end being a semi-colon)...the shape being the one, the zen, the grasshopper.

ee cummings was absolutely brilliant. here is another for your pleasure (or frustration if you will, but this one should prove a bit more manageable):

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Joe said...

t}ha{nku
4!
ex(t)pla(h)na(e)tion
,RUENAL;

Lauren said...

positively brilliant :D

you're welcome lol

tmac said...

ee cummings for teh win

what it do

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