[Buffalo Bill 's]

By E. E. Cummings 1894–1962
Buffalo Bill ’s
defunct
               who used to
               ride a watersmooth-silver
                                                                  stallion
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
                                                                                                     Jesus

he was a handsome man 
                                                  and what i want to know is
how do you like your blue-eyed boy
Mister Death

Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet E. E. Cummings 1894–1962

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Heroes & Patriotism, Living, Social Commentaries, Death

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 E. E. Cummings

Biography

"Among the most innovative of twentieth-century poets," according to Jenny Penberthy in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, E. E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis. He also . . .

Continue reading this biography

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Heroes & Patriotism, Living, Social Commentaries, Death

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

Report a problem with this poem

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.