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Analysis and comments on "Gay" is the captivating cognomen by e.e. cummings

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Comment 28 of 338, added on December 5th, 2007 at 11:32 PM.

E E cummings is likely referring to Gertrude Stein (well known for her
automatic writings) as the "Miss Gay" in this poem. Gertrude Stein was a
known lesbian and was the first person to use the word "Gay" as it is
commonly used today to refer to homosexual activity (at this time however
it did not have a negative connotation.) Gertrude Stein, as the poem notes
studied at Radcliffe. The general impression of her which the poem evokes
seems to correspond to biographical descriptions of her.

V from United States
Comment 27 of 338, added on October 28th, 2007 at 6:08 PM.

Is everybody out there crazy? Talk about homophobia! This poem has
nothing to do with same sex. This was a man and a women going to the zoo.
And how he see's her. Imagines her sexuality behind her glasses. Read it
again and get over yourselves.......

angi from United States
Comment 26 of 338, added on June 13th, 2007 at 11:32 AM.

I imagine that E.E. would find all these comments quite entertaining.

Drumoon from Belgium
Comment 25 of 338, added on February 27th, 2007 at 12:40 PM.

I think these poems are really good they should become part of a book

jennifer travis from United States
Comment 24 of 338, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 10:33 AM.

I'm doing research on him and
I found this unapproit content I'm not very fond of. Whatev you guys are

Lori from United States
Comment 23 of 338, added on April 30th, 2006 at 5:15 PM.

I agree with JEFF, # 16 comment

ANONAMIS from United States
Comment 22 of 338, added on April 21st, 2006 at 1:05 PM.

Okay just in case this wasnít obvious enough, stop with the pathetic jokes
about the word" gayĒ. Itís annoying, if you want to be like that go
somewhere else and do it, I really couldn't care less. Have you even read
the poem or are you all to busy beings idiots? If you want to make a
comment, keep in mind that it should actually be appropriate and regard the
poem and its actual subject matter. Thank you. By the way, it is a great
poem by one of the most influential writers in the twentieth century, his
language and stylistic writing is world renowned.

Max from Canada
Comment 21 of 338, added on April 11th, 2006 at 12:48 PM.

that was soooooooo gay!!

idk from United States
Comment 20 of 338, added on April 6th, 2006 at 8:35 AM.

i think that if you all think thst this poem is as contriversal as you say
it is...keep it to your self..i thought that this poem had alot to say and
that it is amazing in the way it makes you imagine the word "gay"

i thought it was lovely


Devin from United States
Comment 19 of 338, added on April 5th, 2006 at 11:08 AM.

try putting in words people can undertsand and if you aren't gay dont type
about it cause that just dumb

john williams from New Zealand

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