Poet's Song

(1927)

In "Poet's Song," Copland sets the text of E. E. Cummings. "in spite of everything" was first published in Cummings's volume is 5 in 1926.

in spite of everything
by e. e. cummings


in spite of everything
which breathes and moves,since Doom
(with white longest hands
neatening each crease)
will smooth entirely our minds


--before leaving my room
i turn,and(stooping
through the morning)kiss
this pillow,dear
where our heads lived and were.


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