Plot summary[ edit ] The narrator explains at length his theory on " The Imp of the Perverse ", which he believes causes people to commit acts against their self-interest. This essay-like discussion is presented objectively, though the narrator admits that he is "one of the many uncounted victims of the Imp of the Perverse". The narrator murders a man using a candle that emits a poisonous vapor.
Where a painter is a poet. Cummings, A Miscellany Revised. Edited by George Firmage, New York: I" Art is a mystery. A mystery is something immeasurable. In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child.
In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature. Nothing measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is true: It teaches us that we have made a profound error in trying to learn Art, since whatever Art stands for is whatever cannot be learned.
Look into yourself, reader; for you must find Art there, if at all. Cummings, "The Adult, the Artist and the Circus. I must needs point out an important fact. Just as our fair land of dollars and no sense was not always blest with prohibition, even so language was not always blest with "opposites.
A certain very wise man has pointed out in connection with the meaning of dreams that what "weak" means and what "strong" means were once upon a time meant by one word. To understand this, it is quite unnecessary for us to try to imagine ourselves bloodthirsty savages of the forest primeval, or even to become psychoanalysts.
All we have to do is to observe closely something which is flourishing under our very noses, today--the art of burlesk. For in burlesk, we meet with an echo of the original phenomenon: For that reason, burlesk enables us to so to speak know around a thing, character, or situation.
To put it a little differently: This impossible knowing around, or nonimagining, quality, constitutes the essence of burlesk and differentiates it from certain better-understood arts. With the idea of making my point perfectly clear, I shall try to describe something which impressed me, at the time, as one of the most extraordinary experiences which I had ever had; something which happened, a few years ago, on the stage of that most extraordinary temple of burlesk, the National Winter Garden--then, as now, located at the comer of East Houston Street and Second Avenue, New York City--which institution I regard as superior to any other burlesk stronghold which I have yet inhabited, not excluding the Howard Atheneum, in Boston.
The protagonist of the occasion was a famous burlesk star named Jack Shargel since retired; at that date, as I believe, one of two very great actors in America, number two being Charlie Chaplin and the experience was this: The flower flutteringly describes a parabola--weightlessly floats downward--and just as it touches the stage there is a terrific, soul-shaking, earthquake-like crash: Nothing in "the arts," indeed, not even Paul Cezanne's greatest painting of Mont Sainte-Victoire, has moved me more, or has proved to be a more completely inextinguishable source of "aesthetic emotion," than this knowing around the Shargel rose; this releasing of all the un-roselike and non-flowerish elements which--where "rose" and "flower" are ordinarily concerned --secretly or unconsciously modify and enhance those rose--and flower--qualities to which in terms of consciousness only they are "opposed.
But, granted that--on the surface--no two things could possibly seem more incompatible than burlesk the original undiluted article and "Art," this is important only as proving how little "cultured" people observe for themselves and how consistently they are duped by preconceived notions.- Modernist Poets E.E.
Cummings, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Eliot Change the Face of American Poetry Modernist poets such as E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, and T.S. Eliot changed the face of American poetry by destroying the notion that American culture is far inferior to European culture.
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Notes on Close Textual Analysis Student Examples of Close Textual Analysis. Cumming’s unparalleled imagination and ability to converse with its audience in a non-conforming manner, captivates his audience.
E. Cummings’ is considered to be a. This Research Paper E.E. Cummings and other 64,+ term papers, college essay examples and free essays are available now on leslutinsduphoenix.com Cummings was the first poet to produce poems out of his images, imagination, and nonconformity.
He never followed rules and never followed trends. Cummings used his mind to draw 4/4(1). In his essay, Imagination as Value, Stevens reminds us that “the imagination is the power of the mind over the possibilities of things [ ] it is the source not of a single value but of as many values as can reside in the possibilities of things” ().