February 6, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
 
E.E.Cummings

8 comments:

  1. Cummings would know. He took little interest in politics until he visited the Soviet Union in 1931. Then he became an ardent Republican for life. In the fifties he was a passionate supporter of Joe McCarthy


    one day a nigger
    caught in his hand
    a little star no bigger
    than not to understand

    "i'll never let you go
    until you've made me white"
    so she did and now
    stars shine at night.

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    a kike is the most dangerous
    machine as yet invented
    by even yankee ingenu
    ity(out of a jew a few
    dead dollars and some twisted laws)
    it comes both prigged and canted

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    1. That's unfortunate, but unless he's exhorting me to be a member of the US GOP or to support witch hunts, it's still a little piece of wisdom.

      Other than that, he was just a man, just poet, a few plays (not actually familiar with his plays).

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  2. Actually I think that's a healthier reaction to a visit to the Soviet Union in 1931 than many others

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  3. So being an anti-Semite is ok so long as you're not a communist?

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  4. I'm not sure he is an antisemite. Or a racist.

    This is poetry. Like art in general it can be opaque and foggy. At least Cummings can be. I'm not sure I've ever understood a single poem he has written.

    Maybe
    It's just
    All a pile of
    Horseshit.

    Anyway it's not something crude, foul and blatant like a Leunig cartoon or something.

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  5. Never known of a witch hunt worthy of support.

    Never expect to.

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  6. Solomon8:01 PM

    You might find this of interest re cummings.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/05/e_e_cummings_was_not_a_racist_1.html

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  7. Sol - I've never believed that Nietzsche was a Nazi-loving jerk, but that doesn't stop people from repeating that accusation either, over and over and over and over again.

    I'm sure E.E.Cummings was a poet.

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