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In asking "Who, as a writer, am I?" e.e. Cummings's affirmation of life resolved into serenity as he described himself as someone "whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow." This collection of Cummings reading his own poetry embodies this in an unforgettable way.
While perhaps best remembered for his use of such visual devices as typography and punctuation, the sheer sound of Cummings's work imparts a greater, deeper understanding of how its cadences reveal its profound meaning. This rich sampling of his poems and lectures is rendered in what the great Robert Graves called Cummings "own beautifully modulated voice."
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e.e. cummings (1894-1962) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning a B.A. and M.A. at Harvard in Latin and Greek, he went to France as a volunteer ambulance driver with the French army during World War I. The majority of his life was spent writing poetry and painting in New York's Greenwich Village.From AudioFile:
Cummings's eccentric use of punctuation and typography often intimidated readers. But the sheer cadences of the poems in this long program reveal their profound meanings. We gain further insight into his art through the lectures included in the program. Cummings's voice is unexpectedly high, and, like many poets, he has a habit of raising the inflection in his voice at the end of phrases. He seems to come alive as a reader in the selections recorded before a live audience. Because the recordings span Cummings's career, the quality is uneven. He gives no introduction to any of his poems. P.B.J. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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