11/22/2011 -- E. E. Cummings has several poems in the "Top 100" list we're compiling. This one -- "Snow" is the most compelling - and interesting - and is actually responsible for the most "hits" on our blog.
Cummings contribution is one more of "form importance" than popularity (both aspects are considered as we make our list) -- you won't find this poem being presented to children as one of their first exposures to the world of poetry. His sideways, backwards, metaphori-symbolic word play -- using other techniques such as line spacing, vertical letter orientation, odd punctuation, rythm and the sequence of feelings as part of the poem itself, defy clear definition.
But it is very interesting and many of his poems have a very high "time per line" analysis rate, lol.
Snow, by ee cummings. Enjoy!
by E. E. Cummings
BYS FLUTTERFULLY IF
(endbegi ndesignb ecend)tang
BIRDS BECAUSE AGAINS
o(into whe)re f
GLIB SCARCELYEST AMONGS FLOWERING