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Buffalo Bill's by E.E. Cummings


"Buffalo Bill's" is seen as part of Cummings' overall list of things he does not like--to go along with war, salesmen, and politicians. He compares Buffo Bill to Jesus. It's showing the contrast of the two while trying to show how ridiculous it is for children to have heroes such as Bill when there are people as Jesus.

Cummings is known for his dabble in dada and this poem is a great sign of that. Dada is accentually noise that can bee seen as a poem or, at least, art. The "noise" in this writing is the large amount of spaces and non-spaces between the words and lines.


Buffalo Bill's

Buffalo Bill's
               who used to
               ride a watersmooth-silver
        and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
        he was a handsome man
                             and what i want to know is
        how do you like your blueeyed boy
        Mister Death

Published in The Dial, .

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