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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 39 of 399, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 8:14 PM.
E.E. Cummings

im in 8th grade and i have to do a project on this poet. this poem is often
seen in many places and as of today i really love this poem. it took me 1
week to figure out wat it means but as i kept reading and reading i really
understood what it meant...

Maggie from United States
Comment 38 of 399, added on September 5th, 2009 at 7:51 AM.

Hello. The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
I am from Germany and also am speaking English, tell me right I wrote the
following sentence: "He is a state-of-the-art, other nothing with a
effective metabolism who is much cowed utilizing an foxglove."

Thanks for the help ;), Robi.

Robi from Liberia
Comment 37 of 399, added on March 30th, 2009 at 8:02 PM.

Cummings is a part of the Imagist movement. They believe that a theme or an
idea can be conveyed in just one image. Everything is the poem is meant to
emphasize the one image, which in this case is the grasshopper hopping. He
wants to give an image of a grasshopper actually bouncing across the page,
which is used to emphasize his idea.

Lauren from United States
Comment 36 of 399, added on March 8th, 2009 at 1:47 PM.

I am doing a research paper on E.E. Cummings, and when i first saw this
poem I thought that my computer was messed up. Now I realize the amazing
thought that went in to construct this poem. Cummings really did paint a
picture for me and I loved decoding his message!
This is truly one of my favorite poems!

Allison from Ireland
Comment 35 of 399, added on February 27th, 2009 at 8:52 PM.

e e cummings is my favorite poet..i know all his poems by heart. my teacher
first showed me this poem when i was in 7th grade, at first i didnt get it.
but over the years i understood it! now im in 11th grade and i still love
his work! thank you e e cummings!

Brittney Kogut from United States
Comment 34 of 399, added on August 30th, 2007 at 7:07 PM.

Who as we look up now gathering into a T, he leaps arriving to
rearrangingly become grasshopper.

I love this poem. Really Really.

Comment 33 of 399, added on May 29th, 2007 at 9:04 PM.

i'm in 7th grade and i was assigned this poem to figure out. it took me 3
hours!!!!!!!!! :( actually, i didn't really do it, which is why i now love
this site

Casey from United States
Comment 32 of 399, added on April 8th, 2007 at 4:15 PM.

Okay, check this out...you guys are all missing the 'a' so you end up with
the wrong translation. This is a letter-for-letter translation - nothing
added or left out - no personal interpretations. Enjoy!

as we look
up now gathering
a ‘T’ he leaps!:
arriving grasshopper
to rearrangingly

paul from Canada
Comment 31 of 399, 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 399, 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

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