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    • POEM: Buffalo Bill by Edward Estlin Cummings (5/12/2010 10:30:00 PM)

      There was a man named Bill Cody who was known as Buffalo Bill, but this poem is not about the man so much as the image. Buffalo Bill was one of the first hucksters to realize the full potential of what we would today call mass media or the entertainment industry. What he did in real life- killing buffalo or Indians- faded into oblivion as his legend, much of it self created, took over. In the end, he himself may have had trouble separating fact from fiction. But that's show biz!

      Cummings is commenting on the nature of the heroes, or celebrities, we worship. In the end, they fall from grace, grow old and die. Then what is their glory worth?