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Poetry of E.E. Cummings: "In Just" (00:55)

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Actors recite the poem by E.E. Cummings who describes a spring day in the park. These performances of Cummings' poetry aired on the television show "Camera Three" in 1957.

George Santayana: Part One (00:11)

Santayana explains how a mature mind prefers prose to the youthful poetry.

"Epithalamion" (00:31)

Actors recite the poem by Cummings which celebrates a marriage. This poem is part of the book "Tulips and Chimneys."

Spring Is Arriving (01:47)

James Macandrew chose Cummings for this week's episode because of his exuberance about spring. Santayana wrote "The Life of Reason" and prefers rationality to poetic license. Listen to another quotation.

"Since Feeling is First" (00:34)

Cummings discusses feelings, intuitions, living and dying. Actors recite the poem.

"Who Know's if the Moon's" (00:58)

Actors recite the poem by Cummings, which originally appeared in "100 Selected Poems." The narrator dreams of running away with another person to an ideal place where it is always springtime.

Santayana: Part Two (00:21)

Listen to a quotation where the author expresses his disdain for poets.

"Spring, Omnipotent Goddess Thou" (01:18)

Actors recite the poem by Cummings. This verse was originally published in "The Dial."

Santayana: Part Three (00:21)

Santayana explains that prose is preferable to poetry.

"Mr. Youse Needn't Be So Spry" (00:32)

Cummings writes in a witty vernacular dialect. Actors recite the poem.

"Jimmy's Got a Goil" (00:29)

Cummings writes in a witty vernacular dialect. Actors recite the poem.

"Buffalo Bill's" (00:49)

Cummings, who pays homage to the cowboy. Actors recite the poem.

Santayana: Part Four (00:28)

Santayana quotes Plato and feels poets should be exiled from an ideal republic.

"Into the Strenuous Briefness" (01:23)

Actors recite the poem by Cummings twice. This verse originally appeared in "100 Selected Poems."

"What if a Much of a Which of a Wind" (01:35)

Cummings describes different aspects of humanity in this poem. Actors recite the poem.

Santayana: Part Four (02:27)

Santayana calls poetry nonsense. Cummings felt the poet sees nothing and feels everything. In this program's excerpts, Cummings uses spontaneity in themes such as life and death.

"Along the Brittle Treacherous Bright Streets" (01:37)

Cummings recalls falling in love in Paris. Actors recite the poem.

Santayana: Part Five (00:54)

Santayana explains that Western poets mimic Eastern poets when speaking of love.

"Lady Will You Come With Me Into" (01:02)

A man fears the moon will run away with his lover. Actors recite the poem by Cummings.

"If I have Made, My Lady, Intricate" (01:16)

Cummings compares the woman he loves to April. Actors recite the poem.

"Somewhere, I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Beyond" (02:00)

Cummings compares the woman he loves to the opening of a flower. Actors recite the poem.

Santayana: Part Six (00:37)

Santayana feels love cannot be expressed by a philosopher or theologian. True poetry keeps feelings intermingled with music.

"I Thank You God for Most this Amazing" (00:48)

Cummings allows his senses to awaken to nature. Actors recite the poem.

Santayana: Part Seven (00:30)

Santayana believes poetry is a communicable disease.

"If Everything Happens That Can't Be Done" (02:02)

Cummings explores the flexibility of the English language and rejoices in falling in love. Actors recite the poem. Cummings was a student at Harvard when Santayana worked as a professor.

Credits: Poetry of E.E. Cummings Performed (00:40)

Credits: Poetry of E.E. Cummings Performed

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William Shatner, Tom Poston, Eleanor Ayer, Frances Sternhagen, James Broderick, and Ralph Bunker perform EE. Cumming's poetry and George Santayana's essays on this episode of Camera Three

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL128266

ISBN: 978-1-64023-085-9

Copyright date: ©1957

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