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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