(poetry diary 255-5/22/17) It’s Graduation Season. (I’m sitting in one of the Yale libraries right now watching students in gowns run merrily through the library to our rest rooms before they have to make their official walk….) Here are two on-line anthologies of poems for graduates:
“Poems for Graduation” at Poets.org and “Graduation Poems” at the Poetry Foundation.
[yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate]
E. E. Cummings
yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate of a
somewhat obscure to be sure university spends
her time looking picturesque under
Read rest of poem. Note, according to Poets.org, in this poem Cummings “plays with the idiom ‘poeta nascitur, non fit’ or ‘a poet is born, not made.'”