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 rea(be)rran(com)gi(e)ngly
 ,grasshopper;

- E. E. Cummings


This poem makes use of its structure, similar to l(a, as the strangely ordered letters create an excitement reminiscent of the bundled-up energy within a grasshopper about to leap. The "l/eA/!p:" is spread in an arc, much like the motion itself. As the grasshopper lands, it rearranges itself from its frenzied state back to "(be)(com)(e)" a calm grasshopper. The poem ends with a semicolon, signifying the grasshopper is ready for another jump at any moment.

In high school, we were asked to come up with our own interpretations of this poem.

I said: "This is what happens to a grasshopper when you run it over with a lawnmower."

Man, I can't believe I got an A for that...

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