100 Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings

By E. E. Cummings

E.e. cummings is with no query one of many significant poets of this century, and this quantity, first released in 1959, is crucial for each lover of recent lyrical verse. It includes 100 of cummings’s wittiest and so much profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the main greatly inventive years in modern American poetry. those poems express the entire notable lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which cummings is known. They display superbly his extrapolations from conventional poetic constructions and his departures from them, in addition to the original synthesis of lavish imagery and acute creative precision that has gained him the adulation and recognize of critics and poetry enthusiasts everywhere.

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A history of progressivist literary thought would show, despite concerns as divergent as the rural, the urban, English, or the vernacular, an almost fated position on caste. Effectively demonstrating that literary progressivism is indeed produced by a certain relationship to caste—a postcaste consciousness even—the identarian critique does more than essentialize and elevate its own prejudices; it sheds light on its own production. Identarian literary and cultural movements, “identity politics” as they are poorly named, thus reveal the flaws of older cultural projects in the Adornian sense.

The problem isn’t only one of twodimensionality or stereotype, but that their defining feature is caste, not kindness or social class. While the dialectic of the individual and the social leaves room for historical movement, caste fixes and stagnates. The casteized type can thus never be historical. The typological problem is crucial, as its failure undermines realism’s radical potential. But I would like to suggest other modes of reading that aren’t so firmly lodged within the problem of character; character, as mentioned, should be read as the problem of content that reveals the tragedy of form.

In the famous “Sahitya ka uddesya” (“The Aim of Literature”), Premchand’s 1936 address to the first meeting of the Progressive Writers Association, the author argues that once literature becomes detached from the patronage of the wealthy (“a particular class”), it has the freedom to be truly revolutionary and challenge the dominant paradigms of the time. In an important essay on capitalism, “Mahajani sabhyata” (“Capitalist Culture”), Premchand bemoans the cultural shift whereby all the arts, literature, music, and fine arts, are determined by wealth (164).

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