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Email this page As one of the most innovative poets of his time, Edward Estlin E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A typical Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis.
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Between the ages of eight and twenty-two, he wrote a poem a day, exploring many traditional poetic forms. By the time he was in Harvard inmodern poetry had caught his interest. He began to write avant-garde poems in which conventional punctuation and syntax were ignored in favor of a dynamic use of language.
Cummings also experimented with poems as visual objects on the page. These early efforts were included in Eight Harvard Poets, a collection of poems by members of the Harvard Poetry Society. After graduating from Harvard, Cummings spent a month working for a mail order book dealer.
He left the job because of the tedium. Ambulance work was a popular choice with those who, like Cummings, considered themselves to be pacifists. He was soon stationed on the French-German border with fellow American William Slater Brown, and the two young men became fast friends.
To relieve the boredom of their assignment, they inserted veiled and provocative comments into their letters back home, trying to outwit and baffle the French censors. They also befriended soldiers in nearby units. Such activities led in September of to their being held on suspicion of treason and sent to an internment camp in Normandy for questioning.
Cummings and Brown were housed in a large, one-room holding area along with other suspicious foreigners. In JulyCummings was drafted into the U. Army and spent some six months at a training camp in Massachusetts.
Upon leaving the army in January ofCummings resumed his affair with Elaine Thayer, the wife of his friend Schofield Thayer.
Thayer knew and approved of the relationship. Cummings was not to marry Elaine untilafter she and Thayer divorced.
He adopted Nancy at this time; she was not to know that Cummings was her real father until This first marriage did not last long. She met another man during the Atlantic crossing and fell in love with him. She divorced Cummings in The early s were an extremely productive time for Cummings.
In he published his first book, The Enormous Room, a fictionalized account of his French captivity. He depicted his internment camp stay as a period of inner growth. In this instance, the maimed hero can never again regard the outer world i.
But the spiritual lesson he learned from his sojourn with a community of brothers will be repeated in his subsequent writings both as an ironical dismissal of the values of his contemporary world, and as a sensitive, almost mystical celebration of the quality of Christian love.
His eccentric use of grammar and punctuation are evident in the volume, though many of the poems are written in conventional language.You have reached a web page that was created by Professor Frank Pajares. Portions of his web site have been archived and others have been moved to homes not affiliated with Emory University.
Visual Effects Created By E.E. Cummings In His Poetry - Visual Effects Created By E.E. Cummings In His Poetry Edward Estlin Cummings, commonly referred to as E. E. Cummings, was born on October 14, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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