Ee Cummings Essay that analyzes five Ee Cummings poems and connects them together in style, etc.

1576 Words Sep 18th, 2002 7 Pages
E. E. Cummings, an author known for his various poems and other forms of artwork, wrote numerous works of poetry over a vast amount of subjects. While the subject matter of the poems differ, a few elements of Cummings' style stays the same in virtually all his poems, some of which is important and some of which is not. The fact that Cummings uses enjambment in his poetry is a stylistic trademark that however annoying its use may be is consistent. Other stylistic trademarks of Cummings' poetry are that Cummings has a control over the tone of each of his poems and that each of his poems has its theme located near the end of the poem. While these traits that may not be highlighted in most of the analysis of his poems, each does occur quite …show more content…
The tools that are described as "hitting and chipping" show that the experiences that one faces everyday changes them since each of the tools that are describe are one of the five senses that human beings have. Cummings shows how human nature is against change by saying how the effect of the hitting of the tools, essentially the introduction of new experiences, causes the narrator to partake in "an agony of sensual chisels" where he performs "squirms of chrome and execute strides of cobalt". The "squirms of chrome and execute strides of cobalt" can be taken simply as pain. To confirm the reader's thoughts that the poem's central theme is about change Cummings adds the line "i am cleverly being altered that i slightly am slightly becoming a little different".

The major literary device that Cummings uses in the poem is the use of tone. Cummings chooses to use a cacophonous tone for this poem unlike the tone in which he used for the poem the sky was. The use of the cacophonous tone allows the reader to further grasp how much the process of change must hurt as it recalls memories of how the reader has undergone change in their life in addition to the harsh sound that emphasizes Cummings' theme.

a total stranger one black day

E. E. Cummings' poem a total stranger one black day, when taken literally, is a poem about when two strangers meet

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