Talk:E. E. Cummings

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Re Ezra Pound / revisions=[edit]

Re Ezra Pound is the most powerful formulation of ee cummings's thoughts or philosophy about life, art, and humanity in general. it would be appropriate as the first quote listed. or possibly as the only quote listed. it encompasses several derivations found elsewhere on the page (in weaker forms), which sit there in a scattered kind of redundancy, with long painful stretches of boldface.

but, i've checked back, and some typical idiot has deleted the entire thing. the one piece was the only thing worth a damn worth knowing worthy of a stranger coming to this page in the first place. and the scumball deleted it without so much as a peep on the discussion page.

to the idiot who deleted it-- didn't just move it, but deleted it, without any stated contention, without an explanation, with nothing but a self-granted ticket of authoritative stewardship: congratulations on your disgraces.

and no i'm not entering into a battle of reversion with you.

on another note entirely, and yet also on the topic of complete idiocy: the "[un]attributed" section probably needs to get the axe. not only does the bulk of the stuff there appear inauthentic, but the quotes are terrible. i can't even bear to read them again-- i read the section a few weeks ago. i have no idea how anyone could possibly find in those remarks a likeness with ee cummings's style, or his sentiments.

so i hereby abandon the wiki to the dogs. 06:01, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

correct titles[edit]

I suggest that the correct titles of Cummings's poems be given in the article about him.

--Bob Grumman

i thank you God[edit]

The score for this music, attributing the works to Cummings, can be found at [1] -- 09:57, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

These lines come from poem # 65 of XAIPE (1950), and a comment about their use was placed in that section. ~ Rumour 12:45, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

You are an awesome guy![edit]

I am writing a report on you!

I love your poems; they are awesome![edit]

Your poems are really good.


  • The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
    • (Similar statements are also attributed to Charlie Chaplin)
    • The first unsourced quote, "the most wasted of all days is one without laughter" or something of the sort, is Nicolas Chamfort's. It can be found in his wikiquote article, in French, as well as a translation very similar to this.
      EDIT: -- 23:43, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
  • a salesman is an it that stinks [part of a title of one of his poems, published in 1944)
  • Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
    • "Once we believe in ourselves" is by Edwin M. McMahon and Peter A. Campbell, from their book Please Touch, Sheed and Ward, 1969. Quoted by Maxine Dunfee, Claudia Crump in Teaching for social values in social studies, Association for Childhood Education International, 1974, with correct attribution. The misattribution to Cummings seems to have been popularized by Steven Covey in the 1990s but I do not know if he originated it. Metaed (talk) 12:36, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
  • Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.
  • America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
  • It takes three to make a child.
  • At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
  • When god decided to invent everything he took one reath bigger than a circustent and everything began.
  • It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.