|selected poems 1923-1958 "...made by the author from eleven booskofpoems"|
- e e cummings (via)
Cummings (1894-1962) wrote so many interesting poems - interesting, I think, because of his linguistic trickery. Tricks like juxtaposed words to make new ones, esoteric (if that's the right word) punctuation, grammatical innovation (eg, using "which" and "who" as nouns), eye-catching spatial organisation, and of course his trademark lack of capital letters. I wonder whether he would have had interesting conversation with Noah Webster, the author of the dictionary (published 1828) that solidified American spelling, and Melvil Dewey of the decimal system of library organisation (published 1876), who was an advocate of even more radical spelling reform. Perhaps they all would have come to blows!