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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 10 of 370, added on April 29th, 2005 at 1:15 AM.

Why is the grasshopper named what it is? The grasshopper is not truly what
it is until it leaps into the air. This poem deals with how things are
defined. Until it jumps, the insect that cummings makes the subject of
this poem is just a r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r - it is undefined in the sense of
its name. The world comes together only when the definition is complete -
hence why "grasshopper" only comes at the end. Want to read really crappy
literature? Go for William Carlos Williams. cummings is an absolute
genius, and this poem is amazing and filled with meaning.

Ryan from United States
Comment 9 of 370, added on April 21st, 2005 at 10:27 AM.

I agree wit u tat this poem is not cool. But it's true tat e.e. cumming is
a great poet. it's just tat u r stupid.
p.s only the smarts can read n understand this poem.

Samu from United States
Comment 8 of 370, added on April 18th, 2005 at 9:04 PM.

This poem is so no cool. I can't see the grasshopper! I don't understand.
ee cummings is no a great poet. I could get the same poem out of a drunk
guy at the local pub!

Hoss from Ireland
Comment 7 of 370, added on April 13th, 2005 at 11:12 AM.

very interesting, wish this textual discharge into anything you want. just
like he did some of you want SHIT some of you want to be enamoured. I want
whatever he was on hahahahah [if that's insulting in any way remember to
wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills quicker, heh
that'll ease the pain]

evette from United States
Comment 6 of 370, added on April 5th, 2005 at 10:36 PM.

The first time I read this poem, I thought that it was the worst peice of
literature that I had ever read. Ten or twenty times later, and my opinion
is the same. This is not a work of genius. This is a slap in the face to
any poet who studied the English language and attemped to create anything
beautiful with his words. It's almost disgusting.

Ben Verow from United States
Comment 5 of 370, added on March 28th, 2005 at 8:14 PM.

the sheer brilliancy of the words arranged (or rather disarranged) to form
a poem that also forms itself into something that describes a very precise
image of a grasshopper..whew..cummings is a genius in literary
lunacy..artistic and very ingenius

Robert from Philippines
Comment 4 of 370, added on February 11th, 2005 at 11:35 PM.

this is the image of a grasshopper, rather, a bunch of them. they start out
ruffled as something comes along and then slowly settle down to resume
their original form which was clam and stable. OR it could be boiled down
the the essence of one grasshopper, and this poem is merely a celebration
of something so simple, yet he made it so complex. ee cummings is an
interesting poet in this way. he writes in such simple language, but it can
mean so much. ahh, how i love thee.

amy from United States
Comment 3 of 370, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 8:08 PM.

my English teacher claims that this poem is shaped like a grasshopper...
it's more linear here on the webpage but the original formation is
scattered. still don't see it though... i guess i just envision bugs
differently than my teacher :)

Amanda from United States
Comment 2 of 370, added on November 4th, 2004 at 4:55 PM.

I believe it read as such:

grasshopper, who, as we look, now upgathering into himself, leaps, arriving
to become, rearrangingly, a grasshopper

Scottyv from United States
Comment 1 of 370, added on October 18th, 2004 at 12:27 PM.

cummings is my favorite poet. i made an hommage to him in my blog
http://paulodtoledo.blog.uol.com.br
i wait you there!
ps: i am brazilian and my english is not so good.

paulo de toledo from Brazil

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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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