Essay about E.E. Cummings

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Edward Estlin Cummings is a famous poet and novelist. A true man of the arts, he also enjoyed playwrights, painting, and drawing. His lifetime lasting from 1894-1962 was vivaciously lived! He spent a large portion of his life in his birth state, Massachusetts, although certain life events lead him beyond the United States. Cummings served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was a volunteer in an ambulance unit as well. A great portion of his life was also dedicated to his Harvard education and multiple romantic relationships. Despite these things that took up most of his time, Cummings managed to find time for his passion, writing. E.E. Cummings’ unique style of writing is attributed to his free spirit, which amounted to all of …show more content…
Once his name received a wonderful reputation he was easily able to expand beyond novels to his true desire, poetry, and become more successful as a poet. Cummings’ impressive education consists of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Harvard, in which he graduated near the top of his class. He submitted many of his poems to the newspaper at Harvard, which sparked his interest towards a career as a poet. When his first poem was published, the publisher left all the letters of E.E. Cummings’ name lowercase. Cummings soon adopted this as his own personal trademark. The style of Cummings’ writing was what made his poems so distinctive. No matter what the topic, he always incorporated a lyrical flow to the poem. Cummings “experimented with typography, slang, dialect, jazz rhymes, and jagged lines” (Anderson et al). By exploring the possibilities of poetry, Cummings was able to create poems that have a beat that corresponds with the tone, mood, and theme of the poem. Aside from Cummings’ busy life activities he was able to fit in an extremely demanding love life. He moved from France back to America to pursue an affair with Elaine Thayer. Elaine was the wife of Cummings’ good friend and mentor, Scofield Thayer; however, she became Cummings’ first wife. Their marriage was short lived as she ended up leaving Cummings for yet another man to marry. Anne Barton was Cummings’ second wife, but
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