Essay about E.E. Cummings: The Birth of Modern Poetry

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“The greatest poets are those with memories so great that they extend beyond their strongest experiences to their minutest observations of people and things far outside their own self-centeredness.” This quote said by Stephen Spender depicts a great poet as someone who utilizes their past observations to increase their knowledge about people, nature, love, and life. Like a great poet, E.E. Cummings employed his past experiences in his poetry and life. Known as one of the preeminent poets of the 20th century, E.E. Cummings poetry has received an array of both positive and negative criticism. Nonetheless, Cummings’s poetry has inspired many poets and authors with his liberal views on love, nature, and religion along with his modern…show more content…
Blackmur, a literary critic, criticized E.E. Cummings’s poetry stating, “There is a great big moral vacuum at the heart of E.E. Cummings’s poetry.” (Roberts 256) Other critics also reprobated his work by stating that there were no morals or lessons gained from reading his poetry. Another critic, Louise Bogan, remarked, “It is the deletion of the tragic that makes Cummings’s joy childish and his anger petulant.” (Roberts 256) Bogan stated that because there is no plot or lesson to Cummings’s poetry, his joy is childish and his anger is grouchy. Another asset of his poetry that was heavily criticized was his unique style of writing. The contemporary writing style was very unfamiliar to his readers at that time. In his poem “Snow”, Cummings incorporates his unique writing style along with his typographical errors: “Emarkable /s)h? /y&a /(from n/o(into whe)re f / ind).” (Thompson 2) Despite the confusion and difficulty to read and comprehend the poem, Cummings sought to promote a diverse lesson with his usage of separated letters and other punctuation marks in order to create verbal movements and cause the reader to contemplate (Webster 15). E.E. Cummings’s audacity to ignore the biased criticisms of critics and develop a contemporary writing style has made him one of the most baffling, yet eminent poets of the 20th century. E.E. Cummings’s love poetry has modeled the modern views of love. Known to be a radical poet, Cummings appalled many critics

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