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Fair Use Policy
Copyright holders and scholars have differing ideas as to what constitutes fair use. This blog steers clear of the controversy by taking a very conservative approach. When posting comments, we ask that you uphold the following guidelines:
1) Write under the assumption that your audience has E. E. Cummings’ Complete Poems in their lap, or EIMI, or A Miscellany Revisited and so forth.
2) Only quote individual words, small phrases, and an occasional couple of lines. Again, assume that readers can reference the full poem or passage by flipping a few pages in the book on their lap.
3) Resist the urge to provide a full poem even if the typography matters to your comment. Instead, undergo an act of ekphrasis, so to speak, and describe the particular dynamic in a way that leads readers to the implications of your insights. And remember, the audience already has access to the whole poem/passage by looking in the published book.
4) Cite all quotations in MLA format. This helps maintain credibility and professionalism even in a relaxed atmosphere.