Tender Buttons

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Tender Buttons is a 1914 book by American writer Gertrude Stein consisting of three sections titled Objects Food and Rooms. While the short book consists of multiple poems covering the everyday mundane Steins experimental use of language renders the poems unorthodox and their subjects unfamiliar.Stein began composition of the book in 1912 with multiple short prose poems in an effort to create a word relationship between the word and the things seen using a realist perspective. She then published it in three sections as her second book in 1914.Tender Buttons has provoked divided critical responses since its publication. It is renowned for its Modernist approach to portraying the everyday object and has been lauded as a masterpiece of verbal Cubism. Its first poem A Carafe That Is a Blind Glass is arguably its most famous and is often cited as one of the quintessential works of Cubist literature. The book has also been however criticized as a modernist triumph a spectacular failure a collection of confusing gibberish and an intentional hoax.
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