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05/31/2018

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Exquisite

Around the time we got married and for a few years after that, I had a book of poems by e e cummings that I read many times. My favorite was i thank You God for most this amazing. I'm a bit impatient with the no capitals now, and it just occurred to me that given the current state of internet communication, some people wouldn't even notice there was anything different. I still like the poem though. It's a Spring poem, but it describes the way I feel in the Fall.

AMDG

I've been impatient with the NO CAPITALS thing for a long time. I tend to be like Flannery O'Connor: if it looks funny on the page I don't read it. I think she was talking about "experimental" fiction. Poetry of course gets a lot more leeway. But anyway, I do like this poem, though I'm not a big cummings fan.

Posting this poem put me in a bit of a typographical quandary. After trying different things for the first few posts, I had arrived at the convention of putting the title in caps in the post. But that would have been against this poet's wishes. And since the title is also the first line, repeating it in lower case looked kind of stupid. So as you can see I just left it out of the post itself.

Wow!

Of all the poems in the book, the one I mentioned is the only one I remember, and I since it was 100 selected poems by e e cummings, that's a lot of poems to forget. I don't even remember if Stu's poem was in there, but I am pretty sure I remember it from the movie. There was at least one other movie around that time with 3 sisters, and I remember thinking after seeing them both that my sisters and I were pretty dull.

AMDG

Sorry. Shouldn't do italics after bedtime.

:-)

"My favorite was i thank You God for most this amazing day"

Janet, I presume you know Eric Whitacre's wonderful choral setting of that poem?

I am now. That was lovely.

I'm glad you mentioned it because I had seen the YouTube videos while I was looking for the poem and I was thinking I wouldn't like it. Unreasoned prejudice, I guess.

AMDG

Is this about a person or God?

AMDG

I wondered about that too, Janet. Found this at the Poetry Foundation website:

Hyatt H. Waggoner, writing in American Poets from the Puritans to the Present, noted that “the love poems are generally, after the 1920s, religious in tone and implication, and the religious poems very often take off from the clue provided by a pair of lovers, so that often the two subjects are hardly, if at all, separable.”

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