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Comment 20 of 170, added on November 30th, 2005 at 11:14 AM.

pizza is good. it makes me happy. with anchovies, and of course eggplant
and chocolate sauce. Although, it gives me heart burn and hives. i like
turtles too, they are nice to me. and i think that i should grow a moose
antler on my ears. i have a goté and i like it. just like turtles. my mom
says that i have to shave it off darn-i was hoping that i could join the
circus, but now my dreams are crushed.
and i love earings, and turtles, and of course, pizza! i love you truely
merggie

mergitrude hudson from Canada
Comment 19 of 170, added on October 26th, 2005 at 1:33 PM.

WOW-

My friend Patti O'Hagan and I stumbled across this poem after I
reintroduced cummings to her. She absolutely hated cummings because she
didn't understand a word that he wrote, (keep in mind that we are high
school seniors). The first one that I read to her with emotion was "She
being brand" and Patti fell in love with it. We were flipping through a
book at the library filled with e.e. cummings poetry and we fell upon
r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r and couldn't put it down. We studied it until we
understood its play on words and I can not wait to teach this to my future
students of English, (yes, I want to be an English teacher). Oh, it's a
lovely poem and I love it dearly. Did I mention that the poem was made into
our class shirts? Oh, heavens yes! The front is quite immature: WE LIKE
CUM! (ee cummings) and on the back it has the grasshopper poem with a
picture of cummings as the background. I am so relieved that we are not the
only ones absolutely, undoubtably in love with this poem.

Jessica Hillyer from United States
Comment 18 of 170, added on August 28th, 2005 at 12:10 PM.

Wow, what a poem. It really makes you think and wonder what Cummings was
thinking when he wrote it. His poems are known for this kind of
structure(or lack of). His poems contain a lot of parentheses and lack of
correct grammer. Unfortunately, he is no longer alive, therefore we cannot
ask him what he was thinking.:(
I think this was a challenging poem and might as well have been a riddle.
P.S.
I can never see the grasshopper in the poem's shape.

Allie from United States
Comment 17 of 170, added on May 16th, 2005 at 5:53 PM.

This poem shows how playful cummings was. I don't think having fun with
poetry is a slap in the face to any poet, but rather a good way to get
poets to take risks and be funny.
(I laughed aloud when I finished it.)

ps. so, how does one read this aloud? ; )

Jane Slater from United States
Comment 16 of 170, added on May 11th, 2005 at 8:16 PM.

GRASSHOPPER WHO AS WE LOOK UP NOW GATHERING INOT A LEAP. THE GRASSHOPPER
ARRIVING TO BECOME REARRANGINGLY GRASSHOPPER.

Daniel Jones from United States
Comment 15 of 170, added on May 11th, 2005 at 6:57 PM.




SORRY FOR SENDING TWICE, BUT I TRIED TO MAKE IT MORE READABLE USING HTML, I
HOPE IT WORKED. To the editors of this site: I dont mind if you delete the
other one, it contains the same stuff.

At first site, this poem may appear to be jumbled, confusing and
pointless, but it actually makes perfect sense, merely in a different
method. Cummings's style is unconventional and complex, which has caused it
to receive skeptical criticism. Poems are traditionally created to be
construed through the ear, yet Cummings created this poem to be construed
through the eye. It is a visual, rather than a verbal, type of imagery. The
poem apparantly has no rhyme scheme, and no meter.
Imagery has typically been explicit verbal detail that causes the reader
to get an understanding of the place described, and if it is done well,
they should perceive actual images in their mind. Cummings's imagery is
somewhat reversed. His actual imagery had almost nothing to do with the
words used. He used rearrangement of letters and word placement to create
the the basic sense of a jumping grasshopper. It need not be a grasshopper,
it can be any sentence that incorperates the same kind of movement. A
grasshopper is merely a concrete object that he used to describe his
subjective idea. The true genious of the work is that it appeals to all of
the senses if understood correctly. It is somewhat like a computer program
for your mind, as it affects your brain in such a way to create the same
sense that is created by a jumping grasshopper.
This image is created by jumbled letters. Random letters and words are
scrambled, and when your mind tries to rationalize it, your subconsious
goes through possible combinations, moving the letters around like
grasshoppers. This unconsious thought puts the effect of a grasshopper in
the readers mind without them even noticing. Also, the placement of the
letters and words (especially in the middle of the poem where they are
scattered randomly) displays the letters in journey; showing the whole idea
displayed by the poem, rather than just the beginning and the end.
The word "grasshopper" is a significant example of thisThe word appears
four times in the poem (interestingly that it is spaced out almost exactly
evenly), progressively becoming less scrambled each time until it reaches
the unscrambled word "grasshopper." It is a very similar method to the
first one mentioned, but it is somewhat different; in that with this word,
Cummings lays out the central idea and creates the main effect with it. The
word could be stated the four times as it is, and it would still create the
same effect.
Some people believe that the words were placed where they are to make the
poem look like a grasshopper. It was probably not intentional by Cummings,
because it seems like a farfetched rationalization; but if it was, it was
not his priority to make it like so. I do agree that the poem should be
viewed like a painting, but in a more figurative way. Rather than looking
for actual "drawings" with the letters, or as seeing it as a sequence of
words, one must see the poem as an illustrated event. In other words, the
beginning and end of the poem do not address the beginning and the end of
the action, it is the whole poem as a whole (similarly to a painting) that
address any movement or action.
E E Cummings is truly a genious. One might think the poem to be merely raw
talent, but it is actually a representation of his genious in a different
method from other poets (similarly to how a song is different than a short
story, Cummings's style is different from that of normal poetry). To many
people it may appear jumbled and pointless, but that is actually a
different, and more visual type of imagery. Rather than creating a picture
in your mind, it makes one imagine the effect of jumping grasshoppers. The
letters jump around the poem as if they were grasshoppers in a container.

Poem in a readable format for those of you who are stupid, removing the
significant effects described earlier, therefore appearing less genious to
even intelligent people--but whatever: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r, who, as we
look up, now gath(PPEGORHRASS)ering into the leaps, arriving (gRrEaPsPhOs)
to rearrangingly become--grasshopper.
P.S. I did not intentionally send my earlier comment twice, please forgive
me. lol. I don't mind if the editors delete it.
P.P.S. I might find some time to edit this, if I do, I will paste my
ananlysis on this site.
P.P.P.S. This is how people think it looks like a grasshopper:

P.P.P.P.S. IF THERE ARE ANY GRAMMATICAL OR SPELLING ERRORS, PLEASE E-MAIL
THEM TO ME!!!

Drew Nutter from United States
Comment 14 of 170, added on May 11th, 2005 at 6:23 PM.

At first site, this poem may appear to be jumbled, confusing and
pointless, but it actually makes perfect sense, merely in a different
method. Cummings's style is unconventional and complex, which has caused it
to receive skeptical criticism. Poems are traditionally created to be
construed through the ear, yet Cummings created this poem to be construed
through the eye. (Someone who made a comment just before me made a very
similar statement, I thought it to be very intelligent so I made a similar
statement) It is a visual, rather than a verbal, type of imagery. The poem
apparantly has no rhyme scheme, and no meter.
Imagery has typically been explicit verbal detail that causes the reader
to get an understanding of the place described, and if it is done well,
they should perceive actual images in their mind. Cummings's imagery is
somewhat reversed. His actual imagery had almost nothing to do with the
words used. He used rearrangement of letters and word placement to create
the the basic sense of a jumping grasshopper. It need not be a grasshopper,
it can be any sentence that incorperates the same kind of movement. A
grasshopper is merely a concrete object that he used to describe his
subjective idea. The true genious of the work is that it appeals to all of
the senses if understood correctly. It is somewhat like a computer program
for your mind, as it affects your brain in such a way to create the same
sense that is created by a jumping grasshopper.
This image is created by jumbled letters. Random letters and words are
scrambled, and when your mind tries to rationalize it, your subconsious
goes through possible combinations, moving the letters around like
grasshoppers. This unconsious thought puts the effect of a grasshopper in
the readers mind without them even noticing. Also, the placement of the
letters and words (especially in the middle of the poem where they are
scattered randomly) displays the letters in journey; showing the whole idea
displayed by the poem, rather than just the beginning and the end.
The word "grasshopper" is a significant example of thisThe word appears
four times in the poem (interestingly that it is spaced out almost exactly
evenly), progressively becoming less scrambled each time until it reaches
the unscrambled word "grasshopper." It is a very similar method to the
first one mentioned, but it is somewhat different; in that with this word,
Cummings lays out the central idea and creates the main effect with it. The
word could be stated the four times as it is, and it would still create the
same effect.
Some people believe that the words were placed where they are to make the
poem look like a grasshopper. It was probably not intentional by Cummings,
because it seems like a farfetched rationalization; but if it was, it was
not his priority to make it like so. I do agree that the poem should be
viewed like a painting, but in a more figurative way. Rather than looking
for actual "drawings" with the letters, or as seeing it as a sequence of
words, one must see the poem as an illustrated event. In other words, the
beginning and end of the poem do not address the beginning and the end of
the action, it is the whole poem as a whole (similarly to a painting) that
address any movement or action.
E E Cummings is truly a genious. One might think the poem to be merely raw
talent, but it is actually a representation of his genious in a different
method from other poets (similarly to how a song is different than a short
story, Cummings's style is different from that of normal poetry). To many
people it may appear jumbled and pointless, but that is actually a
different, and more visual type of imagery. Rather than creating a picture
in your mind, it makes one imagine the effect of jumping grasshoppers. The
letters jump around the poem as if they were grasshoppers in a container.

Poem in a readable format for those of you who are stupid, removing the
significant effects described earlier, therefore appearing less genious to
even intelligent people--but whatever: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r, who, as we
look up, now gath(PPEGORHRASS)ering into the leaps, arriving (gRrEaPsPhOs)
to rearrangingly become--grasshopper.

P.S. I did not intentionally send my earlier comment twice, please forgive
me. lol

P.P.S. I might find some time to edit this, if I do, I will paste my
ananlysis on this site.

P.P.P.S. Feel free to e-mail me with any sort of questions you may have.

Drew Nutter from United States
Comment 13 of 170, added on May 11th, 2005 at 5:30 PM.

E E Cummings is truly a genious. At first, I thought the poem to be merely
raw talent, but I soon saw that he is actually representing his genious in
a different method from other poets (like how a song is different than a
short story, Cummings's style is different from that of normal poetry). To
many people it may appear jumbled and pointless, but thait is actually a
different, and more visual type of imagery. Rather than creating a picture
in your mind, it makes one imagine the effect of jumping grasshoppers. The
letters jump around the poem as if they were grasshoppers in a container.

By the way, this is the poem with the effect removed is:

r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r, who, as we look up, now gath(PPEGORHRASS)ering into
the leaps, arriving (gRrEaPsPhOs) to rearrangingly become--grasshopper
/>

Drew Nutter from United States
Comment 12 of 170, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 9:59 PM.

though poems are traditionally addressed through the ear, cummings
addresses the ear through the eye. this is evidenced by
r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r, and should be appriciated for what it is. cummings
was a literary genious and only those whom can not see beyond simple
formatic and punctual adornments are not insightful enough to understand
cummings work.

ai from United States
Comment 11 of 170, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/cummings/grasshopper.htm



Me from United States

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