[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 blueeyed boy
Mister Death

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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

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"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 . . .

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SUBJECT Heroes & Patriotism, Living, Social Commentaries, Death

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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