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Analysis and comments on r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r by e.e. cummings

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Comment 31 of 371, added on February 28th, 2007 at 1:10 PM.

ok i am a senior in high school i have to wrie a paper on this poem. i have
a 4.0 gpa and i have been voted prom king. i have looked at this poem for 2
weeks and i have gotten the title down and i have not gotten much further
than that. how do i go about undertanding this poem. i just dont understand
the damn thing. some help would be nice. my e-mail is
love2ridebmx2002@sbcglobal.net please help me jamie

jamie from United States
Comment 30 of 371, added on April 18th, 2006 at 9:24 PM.

Most of e.e. cummings' work allowed readers to come up with their own
interpretation, which is always nice. He also intends for most of his work
to be read like a painting since he was also a painter and so he often
painted with words. This means that he probably did not want you to
necessarily read it as if it were a sentence, or even read it one time
through as if it had one meaning. If you do this you will miss key details
that help to fill in the mental imagery created by the poem. Each word or
letter may be used for more than one meaning and not all of the letters
have to be used in one interpretation. For instance it could be, in
sentence format for easy understanding:

‘r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r’, who, as we look up now, gathering into a leap,
arriving to become rearrangingly ‘grasshopper’.

‘r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r’, who, as we look up now, gathering into the leap ’s
(is) a riving ‘gRrEaPsPhOs’ to rearraningly become ‘grasshopper’.

Just a few quick interpretations and some food for thought. I hope most
people will stop trying to read cummings: the one right way, as prose, and
as typical poetry for that matter.

Kelly P. from United States
Comment 29 of 371, added on April 9th, 2006 at 7:22 PM.

I was assigned this poem in my english class to be explicated. I'm a junior
in high school and i think i speak for everyone who was assigned this poem
when i say, this is a very CONFUSING poem!
but some peoples comments really helped me understand it alittle better!So
E.E. Cummings is an awesome poet that writes poems in ways that makes his
readers think and analyze what he has written. I just wish i could
understand it alittle better!
oh well!

Blair Ruffins from United States
Comment 28 of 371, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 4:16 PM.

The poem says:

Who, as we look, now upgathering into himself, leaps, arriving to become,
rearrangingily, a grasshopper

Comment 27 of 371, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 6:46 PM.

grasshopper, who, as we look now is upathering into himself, leaps,
arriving to become, rearrangingly, a grasshopper.

or i think so at least =)

Odious Youth from United States
Comment 26 of 371, added on January 29th, 2006 at 8:08 PM.

this poem likes men

Comment 25 of 371, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:42 AM.

This is a great poem and very masterfully done.I don't really see the
grasshopper shape but I understand the significance of the writing. Life is
ever changing and as the grasshopper does we should also take each leap
with courage and determination.

Vicki Lemmon from United States
Comment 24 of 371, added on December 4th, 2005 at 4:57 PM.

ok, apparently this page doesnt print things correctly unless i use html so
OOPS.. thats not how the poems supposed to look either. heres a link:

Comment 23 of 371, added on December 4th, 2005 at 4:39 PM.

this poem is not printed correctly. it should be something like this:

a)s w(e loo)k
S a
rIvInG .gRrEaPsPhOs)

Comment 22 of 371, added on December 1st, 2005 at 3:16 PM.

but were does the, a, go? before the "The"


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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 19 2005

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