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Today, a sonnet by E.E. Cummings (I use caps for his name because (most often) he did, too, though he was definitely not into caps inside many of his works). More to the point, it's a Shakespearean sonnet, as so many of his poems are. Only he didn't feel constrained to use iambic pentameter or exact rhymes or to keep the whole poem in one 14-paragraph block. However, if you take a gander, you'll see that the poem is indeed fourteen lines, and is roughly ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, using slant rhymes along the way. While he mostly eschewed capital letters (in part because of something to do with his tyepwriter, if memory serves), you will note that he capitalizes "God" and the second-person pronoun "You" when referring to God. So it's not like he couldn't capitalize, when he thought it important.

i thank You GOD for most this amazing
by E.E. Cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginably You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Discussion: The actual rhyme scheme is ABAB' CDCD EFEF' GG, though for some regional accents, the final couplet might be GG'. (The little apostrophe is supposed to indicate a near-rhyme/slant rhyme for the original word, in case you were wondering.) The poem is full of the word play, playful syntax and grammar, and punctuation (or lack thereof) for which Cummings is famous.

The poem itself is a poem of praise. I have stumbled across a recording of Cummings reading it, and pass it along to you, so you can hear him in his own words and way:

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Apr. 29th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
He sure did. And his voice was more formal than I expected, somehow, given his experimental writing style!
May. 1st, 2013 06:15 am (UTC)
I had the same feeling!
May. 1st, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Not sure why I expected him to be all "hey, man . . . " in tone, but I did!
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