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e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls


              1the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
              2are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds
              3(also, with the church's protestant blessings
              4daughters,unscented shapeless spirited)
              5they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,
              6are invariably interested in so many things--
              7at the present writing one still finds
              8delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?
              9perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy
            10scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D
            11.... the Cambridge ladies do not care, above
            12Cambridge if sometimes in its box of
            13sky lavender and cornerless, the
            14moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

Notes

5] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: "Chimneys," "SONNETS -- REALITIES," I, Tulips and Chimneys (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923): 109. Firmage A3a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: May 1922
Publication date note: Broom 2.2 (May 1922): 146-47.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abcddcbaefggfe


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