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Friday, February 26, 2016

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, William F. Cody!

Born in the frontier of Iowa, in 1846, William F. Cody would later be known as Buffalo Bill. He lived until 1917 and gained great renown as a showman, as this film illustrates:

And since it is Poetry Friday, here's probably the most famous poem ever written about Cody, it is commonly known as "Buffalo Bill's Defunct," and is by e. e. cummings.

Found in e. e. cummings: A Selection of Poems. [811 CUM]

(I took a screen shot of the poem from poets.org in order to preserve its unusual formatting.)

Yee ha! The Poetry Friday Round-Up can be found at Elizabeth Steinglass--mosey on over!


  1. Diane, another stellar historical moment from you. Thanks.

  2. Ouch. Wow. That one comes with a kicker ending. I do love e.e. cummings. Thanks for sharing this one.

    1. The poem was published in 1920, Cody died in 1917, so I guess the ending was even more of a kicker back then.