Friday, October 14, 2016

e.e. cummings with some sweet treats

"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long." 
e.e. cummings

Did you know that by the end of the 1950's e.e. cummings, otherwise known as Edward Estlin Cummings, was the second most widely read poet in the United States, after Robert Frost? 
October 14th is e.e. cummings's birthday. He was a poet with an unusual style who took a lot of liberties with his writing. His poems fall, flow, jump and dance with their patterns and use of punctuation He wrote them in lower case letters, never capitalized the word i, made up words and seemed to have no set of rules. 
e.e. cummings wrote romantic and sensual poems. When he died he left behind a rich legacy of 25 books of prose, poetry, charcoal and pencil drawings, plays and stories.

In reading about his poems, "in just" and "i carry your heart with me," are noted to be his best. Check out this link below to read some of them
http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/e__e__cummings/poems

I picked a relatively unknown poem from my children's collection because it seemed to fit the season. It is a devilish poem a perfect ode to the magical night of Halloween. The spacing and words running together are not mistakes on my part :) I copied words as they were in the book.

From Chansons Innocentes, II
hist whist
littleghostthings
tip-toe
twinkle-toe

little twitchy
witches and tingling
goblins
hob-a-nob hob-a-nob

little hoppy happy
toad in tweeds
tweeds
little itchy mousies

with scuttling
eyes rustle and run and
hidehidehide
whisk

whisk look out for the old woman
with the wart on her nose
what she'll do to yer
nobody knows

for she knows the devil ooch
the devil ouch
the devil
ach the great

green
dancing
devil
devil
wheeEEE
Cook's notes:
Click on link below for 50 spooky sweet Halloween treats from Country Living
Here 's the easiest one to get you started
http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1194/halloween-treats/?slide=1

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