Sunday, March 14, 2010

Are we there yet?

There's still a week to go before the equinox when we get truly vernal, but the USA puts its clocks an hour forward today so....

Spring is like a perhaps hand
by e.e. cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

Born 14 October 1894 in Cambridge Massachusetts, at 7pm.
"Whimsical and experimental, E.E. Cummings was a popular American poet of the early 20th century. Cummings' first published work was his 1922 novel The Enormous Room, based on his time in a French prison camp during World War I. He became more widely known as an avant garde poet, thanks to his unconventional use of typography, syntax and sometimes scandalous (at the time) choices of words and topics. He had a fondness for scattering words unevenly across a page, and liked to spell his own name as e.e. cummings, leading generations of college students to remember him as the guy who didn't capitalize his own name. "
There, in a very small nutshell, is the biography of e e cummings. It's a small nutshell, but it pinpoints salient parts of his personality to be seen in his natal chart (click on it to enlarge) :

Mercury conjunct Uranus in Scorpio - look at the adjectives in the bio above - avant garde, unconventional, uneven (Uranus), scandalous at the time (Scorpio) - in relation to his mode of writing (Mercury). It's classic. Love it!

There are a couple of oppositions - Sun and Moon, Mars and Saturn, close enough to blend into one big opposition Sun/Saturn in Libra opp. Moon/Mars in Aries. A broad interpretation of the complex aspect could be: a restless soul, charming but determined, not always at ease within himself. Venus, planet of the arts in its home sign of Libra trines creative Neptune and powerful Pluto in Gemini : an Airy boost to the imagination!


Wisewebwoman said...

Whimsical is the first word that comes to mind when I think of e.e.
Marvellous sense of the English language and I love how he makes it almost lyrical.

R J Adams said...

Cummings had the right idea about Spring, politicians have it wrong. God, how I wish they'd stop messing round with the clocks, it plays havoc with my biorhythms, and there's not one iota of sense to it.

anthonynorth said...

Loved those words on Spring. I'd never read them before.

Twilight said...

WWW - He had a very delicate touch, yet also managed to surprise - every time, didn't he? :-)

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~~ I agree. I think they just want to remind us, if reminder were necessary that THEY are in control! ;-(

Twilight said...

anthonynorth ~~~ Glad you enjoyed. I love this poem. The quirky line arrangement can be a bit worrying at first, but once you "get your eye in" it adds a certain something (as I guess the poet intended). :-)