11:29:21 AM4:03:29 PM Readers' Comments on "ydUDuh"

Readers' Comments on "ydUDuh"

In March 1999 I began inviting readers who comment on this poem by E. E. Cummings to allow their comments to be posted here. I post them as received.


From: Lanathan [lanathan@vom.com]
12:59 AM [3/22/99]
Subject: Cummings, ygUDuh
To: seamus.cooney@wmich.edu
IT'S=Simple-minded

COMMENT=IT's a very strong poem, showing abrupt language and how we treated I Chinese. If you pronounce it out it makes sense but written how some people talk. It sad because that comes from his knowledge of war and how we treat other human beings. Its a very strong poem

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From: Michael Hays [mhays@mediaone.net]
6:23PM [04-06-99]
Subject: Cummings, ygUDuh

COMMENT=this poem stinks!! it makes no scene even if you read it like its read!!
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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 22:22:45 -0800
From: Rachel [rachel@mosquitonet.com]

IT'S=value="Funny"
COMMENT=This poem looks intimedating, but it's really not. Just sit down and actually sound out the words and it makes sense. I like it. Not many poets are willing to do something like this, to stretch so much from the norm. But Cummings was willing to make that leap. He was a true poet, and it's works like this that prove it.
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Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 15:54:42 -0400
From: Richard Dormany [rjscobra@ij.net]

IT'S=Baffling!
COMMENT=This poem is deep. Once you read it several times and "translate" it, it is really great.
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From: "Dale E. Sale" [dsale@up.net]
Date: Tue, May 18, 1999, 7:00 PM
IT'S=Baffling!
COMMENT=cummings is brillant and smooth, this poem brillantly captures a druken new yorker trying to explain the little he knows and to enlighten his crowd.
to be able to interpret the full meaning of this poem you would have to be cummings himself and if he even understood it, i would be surprised. *mea*
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From "domus [domus@globalserve.net]"
COMMENT=Funny! Simple-minded. Baffling! NOT but I do find it: STINGING HOT!!! (u gOTTa...u understand...ugotta get rid of... LISTEN but LISTEN...we're goin' to CIVILIZE 'em)---look who's talking! i refuse to put the dirty words in...but the message is crystal CLEAR.
Mustafa Master, Toronto, Canada
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Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999
FROM: ["Ernest R. Rossol" [erossol@bignet.net]
COMMENT=Is this an example of what you call 'good poetry'? Now i see why you called some GOOD poems 'bad poetry'..are you sure you didn't accidently mix up the two names?
S. R.
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DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 1999
FROM: Catherine Jones [kendaljo@znet.com]
COMMENT= I don't think it is any of the above. I think it is genius. Two guys, probably in a bar and from New "Yawk" or the East somewhere, are arguing about justifying the bombing of Japan in WW2. Nowadays the one would be considered a racist but during those days, the atmosphere in the US was totally like these two guys in a bar. cummings captures the whole opinion of the US with that simple conversation.
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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999
From: Sharon Maxwell [shardale@mweb.co.za]
IT'S=Baffling!
COMMENT=Please give a translation(if there is one) for poems that are in a different language!
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From: jkade@worldlinkcom.net (Jon Kade)]
IT'S=value="Funny"
COMMENT=Civil eyes.
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COMMENT=Mr. cummings has a grasp of the english lang. like no other poet I know. He can put into lyric any emotion he pleases. For all your readers that voted it simple minded or baffling, they need to brought into the street and shot to prevent that kind of stupidy from reproducing.

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IT'S=Simple-minded

COMMENT=Who wrote that a brainless person


IT'S=value="Funny"

COMMENT=I have been reading on Cumming for about a week now and I am just now begining to grasp his more "artsy" works. I am also a student. I was originally grabbed by his poem "anyone lived in a pretty how town". I am now doing a report on poem 95 in 95 poems, do you have any input on it?

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COMMENT= I don't think it is any of the above. I think it is genius. Two guys, probably in a bar and from New "Yawk" or the East somewhere, are arguing about justifying the bombing of Japan in WW2. Nowadays the one would be considered a racist bu t during those days, the atmosphere in the US was totally like these two guys in a bar. cummings captures the whole opinion of the US with that simple

conversation.

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IT'S=Baffling!

COMMENT=

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COMMENT=the poem makes sense when read aloud...but the spacing makes me wonder...theres some

thing

els

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hi

d

d

end!

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IT'S=value="Funny"

COMMENT=This Poem Is A Great Poem. I wish I knew where I could find more of these

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IT'S=Baffling!

COMMENT=cummings is brillant and smooth, this poem brillantly captures a druken new yorker trying to explain the little he knows and to enlighten his crowd.

to be able to interpret the full meaning of this poem you would have to be cummings himself and if he even understood it, i would be surprised.

*mea*

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