E. E. Cummings Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

Hardcover | October 29, 2016

byJ. Alison Rosenblitt

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This volume is a major, ground-breaking study of the modernist E. E. Cummings' engagement with the classics. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are probably few current readers who would name Cummings if asked to identify20th-century Anglophone poets in the Classical tradition. But for most of his life, and even for ten or twenty years after his death, this is how many readers and critics did see Cummings. He specialised in the study of classical literature as an undergraduate at Harvard, and his contemporaries sawhim as a "pagan" poet or a "Juvenalian" satirist, with an Aristophanic sense of humour. In E.E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics, Alison Rosenblitt aims to recover for the contemporary reader this lost understanding of Cummings as a classicizing poet. The book also includes an edition of previously unpublished work by Cummings himself, unearthed from archival research. For the first time, the reader has access to the full scope of Cummings' translations from Horace, Homer, and Greek drama, as well as two short pieces of classically-related prose,a short 'Alcaics' and a previously unknown and classicizing parody of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. This new work is exciting in its own right and essential to understanding Cummings' development as a poet.

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This volume is a major, ground-breaking study of the modernist E. E. Cummings' engagement with the classics. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are probably few current readers who would name Cummings if asked to identify20th-century Anglophone poets in the Classical traditi...

J. Alison Rosenblitt trained as an ancient historian and has published both in the field of Roman history and in the field of classical reception. As an historian, she studies ancient historiography (especially Sallust), late republican political history, and Roman oratory. On the classical reception side, she is interested in the poet...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:October 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of figuresAbbreviationsForewordE. E. Cummings as a Classical Poet1. Preface2. Cummings and the Classics3. 'smoking centuries of hecatombs': Cummings and translationChildhood, Harvard, and Paganism4. The Pagan World of Goat-footed Pan5. Classics and Childhood: Protectors and TransgressorsThe Great War and Beyond6. 'a twilight smelling of Vergil': Cummings, Classics, and the Great War7. 'let not thy lust one threaded moment lose': Death in the Meadow8. 'cast like Euridyce one brief look behind': The Post-war WorldCummings, Classics, and Modernism9. Modernity and Antiquity: 'smite the sounding bollox'10. A Homeric Affair: Reflections on the Ambitions of ModernismAfterwordTranslations, Further Verse, and Prose by E. E. CummingsTranslations from Horace's OdesTranslations from SophoclesTranslations from EuripidesTranslation from AeschylusTranslations from the OdysseyTranslation exercise from Euripides' HecubaFurther VerseProseEditing the Unpublished WorkAppendix: Cummings' classical education and personal library