Stephen Cushman: On "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r"

The motions of a grasshopper are suggested by various permutations of the letters of "grasshopper" and other typographical gestures . . . Typographic jumbling, dispersion, rearrangement, and, finally, stability enact the transformation of the motionless grasshopper into a leaping blur of energy, which suddenly comes to rest. The poem also dramatizes the act of looking at the grasshopper and not realizing what it is (the grasshopper may be camouflaged in the grass as the word "grasshopper" is camouflaged in the first line) until it leaps into the air and into attention and recognition.


Title Stephen Cushman: On "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Stephen Cushman Criticism Target E. E. Cummings
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 12 Jan 2022
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication William Carlos Williams and the Meanings of Measure
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