The american poet E. E. Cummings’ poems usually have mashed-up capitalization, punctuation and are constructed on the page with words as visual art. Consider the below poems where he presents his (typical early 20th century) views on science and technology as having a rather callous effect on earth. His expression of that sentiment is a delicious mix of metaphors wonderfully painted. Very enjoyable.
O sweet spontaneous
by: E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)
earth how often have
prurient philosophers pinched
, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
them only with
“incomparable couch of death thy rhythmic lover”! Such density of meaning!
Another poem that evokes an astonishingly detailed image in mind with so little words, like a Japanese landscape painting.
beyond the stolid iron pond
soldered with complete silence
the huge timorous hills
squat like permanent vegetables
the judging sun pinches smiling
here and there some huddling vastness
claps the fattest finally
and tags it with his supreme blue
whereat the just adjacent valley
rolls proudly his belligerent bosom
deepens his greens inflates his ochres
and in the pool doubles his winnings
Poems quoted from E. E Cummings – Selected poems, edited by Richard S Kennedy.