I'm currently trying to understand E.E. Cummings Poem "YgUDuh":
yunnuhstan dem doidee
yguduh ged riduh
ydoan o nudn
LISN bud LISN
lidl yelluh bas
tuds weer goin
Supposedly, the trick lies in listening to the stuff. So I tried to read it out aloud. Suffice to say, as a non-native, this proves to be impossible unless you already seem to know what the poem is about.
I also tried to listen to videos reading this. Pretty much every video I found reading this out is also total gibberish, with some words popping up here and there, but not enough to discern any meaning.
Making this even more complicated is the fact that this seems to be some form of
atrocious butchering of the english language dialect.
Attempts to find a translation on the web yields very different interpretations.
So, what does this poem actually mean, and how it is intended to be read out? What rules about english phonemes can a non-native speaker follow to be able to read this out loud without a-priori knowledge of what each word is supposed to mean? I'm mostly interested in the process of how to make sense of this all, with a transcription of the text into intelligible english only as a tangential concern.
For example on the first line, assuming that this actually means something like "You've got to / You gotta / Ya gotta", how do you go from the written "y" to "you" or "ya" when spelling? "y" is spelled out like "Why", how do you go from "U" to "O" for "got" / "gotta" etc. I know that "Duh" is spoken more like "Da", but "gUDuh" for me comes out more like "gudda", not "godda/gotta", and I certainly can't imagine it coming out in two syllables like in "got to".
So yeah. I Think I need some more rules on how english-speaking people go about pronouncing seemingly non-sensical words.
Side note: I'm still recovering from the stroke I got trying to correctly read out The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité. I had thought after reading that that there are no rules to pronunciation, that you just have to learn how each word is pronounced. Since english speakers supposedly can read Cummings work without a-priori knowledge of the pronunciation, some rules must obviously exist how to pronounce stuff not seen before..