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e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

raise the shade


              1raise the shade
              2will youse dearie?
              3rain
              4wouldn't that

              5get yer goat but
              6we don't care do
              7we dearie we should
              8worry about the rain

              9huh
            10dearie?
            11yknow
            12i'm

            13sorry for awl the
            14poor girls that
            15gets up god
            16knows when every

            17day of their
            18lives
            19aint you,
            20                    oo-oo.           dearie

            21not so
            22hard dear

            23you're killing me

Notes

2] youse: you (slangy).

5] get yer goat: upset you.

11] yknow: you know.

13] awl: all.


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: "Portraits," V, & (New York: Privately Printed, 1925): 38. Firmage A4a, Berg Collection, New York Public Library.
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: free
Rhyme: unrhyming
Form note: variable-length lines and stanzas


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