Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

love is more thicker than forget

love is more thicker than forget

by E. E. Cummings


love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet

more frequent than to fail


it is most mad and moonly

and less it shall unbe

than all the sea which only

is deeper than the sea


love is less always than to win

less never than alive

less bigger than the least begin

less littler than forgive


it is most sane and sunly

and more it cannot die

than all the sky which only

is higher than the sky


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Cummings played with language and syntax to create a unique expression of an age-old sentiment. He coined new words like “unbe” and used childlike expressions like “littler” to create a distinctive and unusual experience for the reader. He gives us a poem that’s as confusing and exhilarating as falling in love for the first time.

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