They do not give a shit for wit

from E. E. Cummings – The boys i mean are not refined on Rap Genius

Meaning

The ambiguity of the poet’s feelings toward these boys and girls provides much of the interesting tension of the poem. Cummings was “refined”: a Harvard man with a surprisingly patrician accent (listen below). He obviously gave more than a shit for wit (as the poem itself proves) and more than a fart for art (he was a painter as well as a poet). So does he approve of the boys and girls? Disapprove? Envy them? Take inspiration from them? All of the above?

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