Continuing our series of famous poems read by famous poets, we offer one of E.E. Cummings most recognizable works. Cummings was one of the most innovative, popular and recognizable American poets of the 20th Century.
Well known for his idiosyncratic style, this Cummings poem, like many of his well-known works, is a poem about love. The spirituality of his phrases envelope the heart and the metaphors he offers to connect this love (to the inevitability of nature, for example) allow the reader to feel their own love in a more expressive way.
Listening to his voice as it transcends time is very interesting, perhaps even eerie. The scratchiness of the sound quality helps to create this strange sensation. But the depth of his feeling comes through in his voice, and the careful timing and phonetics that only the poet himself could employ add to the audio.
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