One might not think a renowned poet would speak of making a mark in a toilet in his attempt to make his mark on the world, but e.e. cummings was no ordinary poet. e.e. cummings was a famous poet of the 20th century; is unique style in his poems helped him become the second most commonly known and read poet in the United States during his lifetime (“E.E. Cummings”). Being raised in a well-educated, literary family; Cummings had a strong background to develop in his chosen career. He wrote, on average, a poem everyday from the time he was 8 years old until he was through college at age 22 (“E(dward) […]”). What is even more extraordinary is he said his first rhyme at age three (Goodman). e.e. …show more content…
Apparently even some of his sermons contained puns and metaphors (Goodman), this may have influenced Cummings to try the use of those literary devices in his own poems. His mother, one of his biggest supporters, had a huge role in his literary upbringing, she sang and read to him as a child and encouraged him to keep a diary throughout his childhood (Goodman). Not only was his immediate family full of writers, many of his extended family members were interested in literature, as well. In fact, his aunt, Susana Rowson, was the author of the first American novel, Charlotte Temple, published in 1791 (Goodman). Cummings was a smart child, and at age 9 he was already taking 7th grade classes at Agassiz Public School (Goodman). There he remembers memorizing many poems (Goodman). He went on to study both Latin and Greek at Cambridge Latin High School (“E. E. Cummings”). Eventually he went to Harvard to receive both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (“E. E. Cummings”). Perhaps some of the most inspiring poets to Cummings, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pounds, were authors he met at Harvard. As far as family life goes, in 1919 he had an affair with Elaine Thayer, who happened to be the wife of a close friend of his. Later that year they had a child, Nancy, and once Elaine was divorced, they married in 1924. The marriage only lasted one year. Because Nancy’s birth was due to an affair, she was not aware that Cummings was her father until 1948 (“E(dward) […]”). Just like all
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Of course, every poet has their beginnings. Edward Estlin’s life began on the 14th of October in 1984 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to well-educated and liberal parents, and Rebecca Haswell Clark. The biggest influence that Cummings had as a child was from his mother, who always encouraged him to write poetry and she helped ingrain into him a love for literature too. Cummings went to Harvard Later after graduating from Harvard he volunteered to serve in France in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group where he was later imprisoned for suspicion of treason because of the letters he wrote that were suspected of espionage and treason. During his jail time, he writes an autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room which was published in 1922. His father
As reported by Biography.com “Edward Estlin Cummings “e.e. Cummings” was a 20th century poet and novelist known for his innovations in style and structure.” Cummings’ was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 12, 1894. For much of his career he self-published all his work, until finally he was widely recognized. “A playwright and visual artist as well, Cummings’ died on September 3,1962” (Biography.com). Furthermore, Cummings’ is best known for his creative and unusual writing style in his poems “l(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness)”, “Buffalo Bill”, and “i carry your heart with me”.
Cummings” pg.13). Cummings continued to publish volumes of poetry at a rate of approximately one every four or five years (“E.E. Cummings pg.14). The last honor involved giving a series of public talks; published as i: six Nonlecture (1953), they provide a succinct and charming summation of his life and personal philosophy. Two years later he received a National Book Award citation for poems 1923-1954, and two years after that he won the prestigious bollingen prize in poetry from Yale University (“E.E. Cummings” pg.15). (In his poetry he often ignored the rules of capitalization and has sometimes been referred to as e.e. Cummings) expanded the boundaries of poetry through typographic and linguistic experimentation (Frazee, “E.E. Cummings). An avoidance of capital letters and creative placement of punctuation soon became his trademarks. His experimental poetry took many forms, some amusing, some satirical, some beautiful, some profound, and some which did not make much sense (Frazee “E.E. Cummings”). Typical stylistic devices in his work include: running words together; scattering punctuation symbols cross the page; subverting the conventions of the English sentence; intentional misspellings and phonetic spellings and the invention of compound words such as “puddle-wonderful” (“E.E. Cummings”). However, this obvious experimentation is often combined with strict formal structures and traditional
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
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.
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