“At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question and Immortal Answer of burlesk, viz. ‘Would you hit a woman with a child? — No, I’d hit her with a brick.’ Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision wich creates movement.”
E. E. Cummings, in Is 5 (foreword).