the bigness of cannon is skilful, but i have seen death's clever enormous voice which hides in a fragility of poppies. . . . i say that sometimes on these long talkative animals are laid fists of huger silence. I have seen all the silence full of vivid noiseless boys at Roupy i have seen between barrages, the night utter ripe unspeaking girls.
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Confirmed with E. E. Cummings, Tulips and Chimneys, New York: Liveright, 1976, page 50.First published in Seven Poems, no. 2 in The Dial magazine, January 1920.
- by E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894 - 1962), no title, appears in Tulips and Chimneys, in 1. Tulips, in 5. La Guerre, no. 1, first published 1920 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "the bigness of cannon", 2008 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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