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Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons is a collection of experimental poems loosely organized into the categories of objects, food, and rooms. First published in 1914, the abstract text puzzled critics and continues to confuse readers today. Despite the poems seeming "nonsensical," Tender Buttons continues to be read as an example of modernist verse.
Like the text itself, the title Tender Buttons is complex and subject to interpretation. The term tender may refer to the quality of softness, something used as a medium of exchange, or both. The term buttons may reference objects that fasten one thing to another (possibly naming the common purpose of the poems), or it may serve as a euphemism for female anatomy, or both.
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