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By E. E. Cummings

On the time of his dying in 1962 e.e. cummings was once, subsequent to Robert Frost, the main extensively learn poet in the USA. For this version of cummings's paintings, George Firmage has long past again to the poet's unique manuscripts to make sure the accuracy of the transcriptions. specifically, the spatial association of the typography now conforms as accurately as attainable to cummings's very particular intentions. To the contents of the volumes released in the course of cummings's lifetime - now prepared within the order he initially targeted - were extra the entire hitherto uncollected poems in addition to the unpublished poems first issued in 1983.

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9 SONGS I (thee will i praise between those rivers whose white voices pass upon forgetting(fail me not)whose courseless waters are a gloat of silver;o'er whose night three willows wail, a slender dimness in the unshapeful hour making dear moan in tones of stroked flower; let not thy lust one threaded moment lose: haste)the very shadowy sheep float free upon terrific pastures pale, whose tall mysterious shepherd lifts a cheek teartroubled to the momentary wind with guiding smile,lips wisely minced for blown kisses,condemnatory fingers thinned of pity—so he stands counting the moved myriads wonderfully loved, (hasten,it is the moment which shall seek all blossoms that do learn,scents of not known musics in whose careful eyes are dinned; and the people of perfect darkness fills his mind who will their hungering whispers hear with weepings soundless,saying of "alas we were chaste on earth we ghosts:hark to the sheer cadence of our greyfleshin the gloom!

Springing from fragrant shoulders small, ardent,and perfectly withal smooth to stroke and sweet to see as a supple and young tree, her slim lascivious arms alight in skilful wrists which hint at flight —my lady's very singular and slenderest hands moreover are (which as lilies smile and quail) of all things perfect the most frail. (Whoso rideth in the tale of Chaucer knoweth many a pair of companions blithe and fair; who to walk with Master Gower in Confessio doth prefer shall not lack for beauty there, nor he that will amaying go with my lord Boccaccio— whoso knocketh at the door 24 of Marie and of Maleore findeth of ladies goodly store whose beauty did in nothing err.

And still the mad magnificent herald Spring assembles beauty from forgetfulness with the wild trump of April: witchery of sound and odour drives the wingless thing man forth into bright air,for now the red leaps in the maple's cheek,and suddenly by shining hordes in sweet unserious dress ascends the golden crocus from the dead. On dappled dawn forth rides the pungent sun with hooded day preening upon his hand followed by gay untimidfinalflowers (which dressed in various tremulous armor stun the eyes of ragged earth who sees them pass) while hunted from his kingdom winter cowers, seeing green armies steadily expand hearing the spear-song of the marching grass.

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