Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review of A Little Called Pauline by Gertrude Stein

A Little Called Pauline by Gertrude Stein (b. February 3, 1874) was offered by's Poem-A-Day on February 3, 2013, the anniversary of her birth.  Her bio states that Ms. Stein was known for stringing together words more for the appreciation of the sounds they make and associations they evoke rather than for their actual meaning.  Her brand of poetry has been compared to Cubism.  Knowing this, I would judge that A Little Called Pauline is typical of her work.


  1. Personally I believe that underlying everything Stein wrote was either meaning or method. While yes, it is true she was writing lyrically, she was a scientist by training and she was always observing something. Here I believe she was looking cubistically at people she knew—Marie Laurencin and her mother Pauline who was a seamstress. Check in with my blog where I'm writing up discussions on the subpoems of Tender Buttons.

    1. Thank you for your insight, Karren. I'd be interested to hear your take on my revised review of "Milk"


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