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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 26 of 386, added on January 29th, 2006 at 8:08 PM.

this poem likes men

Comment 25 of 386, 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 386, 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 386, 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 386, added on December 1st, 2005 at 3:16 PM.

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

Comment 21 of 386, added on November 30th, 2005 at 3:29 PM.

this poem has got to be the hardest poem to understand.
anyone who had enough time to figure out what this poem meant is stupid
its is such a waste of time
thanks for whoever figured it out though now i can understand it

kevin mc
Comment 20 of 386, 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

mergitrude hudson from Canada
Comment 19 of 386, added on October 26th, 2005 at 1:33 PM.


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 386, 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.
I can never see the grasshopper in the poem's shape.

Allie from United States
Comment 17 of 386, 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

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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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