what does little Ernest croon

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Psalm of Life”:

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not the goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

E. E. Cummings, 26 from No Thanks:

what does little Ernest croon
in his death at afternoon?
(kow dow r 2 bul retoinis
wus de woids uf lil Oinis

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3 thoughts on “what does little Ernest croon

  1. This great sly swipe at Hemingway was Cummings wonderful retort to Hemingway’s drunken swagger…….I think Hemingway had just babbled something about poetry in a dismissive way that Cummings took offense with.

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