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Q: source of a poetic line ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: source of a poetic line
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: spetey-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 16 Sep 2005 14:45 PDT
Expires: 16 Oct 2005 14:45 PDT
Question ID: 568881
I'd like a definitive citation for a poem that contains the line "damn
everything but the cirus" (or some very close variation on that). 
I've seen a full text, and it's sometimes attributed to ee cummings,
but I can't find it in any of his works.
Subject: Re: source of a poetic line
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 16 Sep 2005 15:48 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello spetey,

This line comes from the play "Him."

Online posting, "Re:! Circus Quote," by Janice M. Shelnutt (07 Mar 1994)

Its occurrence in "Him" is apparently referred to in the title of an
article about the play:

"Him [1927]" [under "Other Works on Him"; article by Smeltsor]
Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society

It appears that the full text "it means damn everything that is grim,
dull, motionless, unrisking inward turning" is not by E.E. Cummings,
but rather by someone named S. Helen Kelley.

"Book Review - The Botolph Group, Inc." (Vol 26, No. 1 - April 1969)
[bottom of page]
Theology Today

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

Searched on Google for various combinations of these terms:

"everything but the circus"
"grim dull"
spetey-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very nice work that carefully resolved all residual questions, thanks!
 Ideally I might have gotten a little context for the line from the
play, but that's probably too much to ask!

Subject: Re: source of a poetic line
From: aakman-ga on 16 Sep 2005 15:00 PDT
Would that be "damn everything but the circus"?

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