Sam Hynes: On "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r"
The whole poem is an attempt to deal with words visually, and to create art as a single experience, having spatial, not temporal extension: to force poetry toward a closer kinship with painting and the plastic arts, and away from its kinship with music. It is a picture of an action rather than a description of it; word-clusters representing each psrt of the action (take-off, leap, landing) are to be received simultaneously, not as words occurring one at a time. In the penultimate line, for example, the arranging and the becoming are simultaneous processes. One word is therefore as nearly superimposed upon the other as is physically possible.
|Title||Sam Hynes: On "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Sam Hynes||Criticism Target||E. E. Cummings|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||12 Jan 2022|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||Cummings' COLLECTED POEMS, 276|
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