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Analysis and comments on Buffalo Bill's by e.e. cummings

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Comment 5 of 445, added on November 10th, 2004 at 1:42 AM.

I completly agree with ENB ... its a stylistic choice he made to help set
the tone for the poem. I really don't think anyone should say how the
author wrote the poem was incorrect, they knew what they were doing and
what they wanted to say and how they wanted to say it. I liked this poem,
it was different, fresh, and intersting!

Nalani from United States
Comment 4 of 445, added on October 17th, 2004 at 8:20 PM.

First of all i think the formatting of the poem is partly what makes it so
brilliant. Furthermore, i dont really know if we'll ever be able to fully
understand the poem. Its somewhat vague which adds effect. Perhaps the
vagueness is there to let the reader read into it the way they will, rather
than try to force some image that we are supposed to see.

Beck from United States
Comment 3 of 445, added on September 29th, 2004 at 7:33 AM.

I am in the 11th grade and i am doing a report on Cummings. I think that
his particular formatt of this poem is to create an image for the reader
about the character of Buffalo Bill. With the words all running together;
onetwothreefourfive, I think it expresses his gunshots, shooting clay
pigeons. I think his poetry is very interesting, even though it may be
harder to figure out than most other poems.

ENB from United States
Comment 2 of 445, added on September 8th, 2004 at 12:49 PM.

Okay, so the formatting in the comments didn't work either. Here is the
link to how it looks.


Danielle Hunt
Comment 1 of 445, added on September 8th, 2004 at 12:46 PM.

The formatting is incorrect in the poem. It detracts heavily from how E.E.
Cummings actually wrote the piece to look.

Buffalo Bill's
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat

he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death

that is how it should look.


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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: Buffalo Bill's
Added: Jan 31 2004
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