Having Something In Common


Posted on : 6/22/2011 08:41:00 PM | By : Dann | In : , ,

While reading a bit about the more recent Roger Ebert kerfuffle, I came across this brief essay on a recently uncovered E.E. Cummings poem.  At the time it was being suggested that the use in the poem of one of the coarsest words in the English language would naturally result in the undoing of E.E. Cummings' reputation as an important writer and poet.

I had more than a passing fascination with the re


mind bending acts of linguistic

ɯsıuoıʇɹoʇuoɔ that were the hallmarks

of E.E. Cummings.

While Mr. Ebert's thoughts have ceased to be relevant to me, I was pleasantly surprised to find him an aficionado of Mr. Cummings' work.  His thoughtful defense of the "troublesome" poem in question was marred only by the repetition of the assertion that poems are not supposed to have meaning; they are simply supposed to exist.


Regardless, I find that I share an enthusiasm with Mr. Ebert.  And perhaps it is better to focus more on that which we share in common with one another than to focus on our disagreements.

At least from time



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Comments (2)

But Ebert repeated that assertion - that poems don't need meaning - contemptuously. Like he's repeatedly encountered the condescending artistes who say it and meant to nip it before it starts.

fliptext dot net?? Oh, awesome.

I agree with that, Ruth. Thus the "Hogwash".


My woeful lack of clarity is once again apparent!! LOL

fliptext - the word "contortionism" inspired me! I'm glad I found it.