Buffalo Bill's | Study Guide

e.e. cummings

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Overview

Author

e.e. cummings

Year Published

1920

Type

Poem

Genre

Allegory

Perspective and Narrator

The narrator is nameless and reflects in awe about life and death upon news of the death of Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill (1846–1917) was a world-famous buffalo hunter in the American West who created a traveling show that displayed his achievements.

Tense

Past and present tenses are both used.

About the Title

"Buffalo Bill 's" refers to Buffalo Bill, or William Frederick Cody (1846–1917), a celebrity buffalo hunter and fighter against Native Americans in the American West. Buffalo Bill created a traveling show reenacting his exploits in the American West, which brought him worldwide fame. E.E. Cummings published "Buffalo Bill 's" three years after Cody's death. There is a space between "Bill" and the "'s" ending that normally indicates possession. This unexpected space is characteristic of Cummings's unique rule-breaking use of punctuation in poetry.

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