Response #1

[la(a] and [Buffalo Bill ’s] by e.e. cummings are two of the poems that you are assigned to read for Thursday. Both poems toy with the way the poem looks on the page. They are experiments in the form of the poem; we could call formally experimental.

Write a 500-word thoughtful and reasoned response to either (or both) of these poems. You might begin by asking what the poet is hoping to achieve with these poems, and whether he succeeds. How does the form of the poem affect the theme of the poem? Keep in mind the connections between form, genre, and historical and social contexts that Professor Matz will discuss in his recitation on Wednesday.

This response is due at the beginning of class on Thursday, February 2. It must be typed, proofread, stapled, and have your name and course information on it.