The American poet, E. E. Cummings wrote verses with an experimental style that presented romantic attitudes, and also dabbled in playwriting and painting. His poems crafted physical objects that show a fresh way of looking at reality. Cummings' unique style of romantic transcendentalism is innovative, modern and visual. The visual aspect was unusual to other poets at the time he debuted. The way his poems are laid out on the paper are important, as was the unusual way he used punctuation and capitalization. Upon reading an e.e. Cummings poem it's clear that his poetry doesn't look like anyone else's!
As a child, Cummings' spent much of his childhood, and nearly every summer of his life at Joy Farm when he gathered much of his inspirations and influences on his work. In 1911, he enrolled in Harvard University where he earned his Master's degree in 1916. Cummings' first published poems were in The Harvard Monthly. These poems have a more conventional style to them. Five years later his work resurfaced in Eight Harvard Poets. Cummings' piece was noted for his typographical arrangement and selective punctuation. This was also the first time his practice of using lower case lettering for proper pronouns surfaced. This is when his work started to gain popularity. His works had topics such as war and sex with a simple tone. In 1917, Cummings' did volunteer work for the North-Harjes Ambulance Corps, which influenced one of his most famous pieces, The Enormous Room. It is one of the most famous pieces of war literature written by an American to date. Cummings' claim to fame are his poems titled 1923-1954. These were published in the 1950's. Cummings' unusual, yet revolutionary style put-off many readers in the past, but the 1950's brought a different time. Then his playful style and controversial topics gained major popularity among the young readers. He received three Fellowships, one from the Academy of American Poets, and two from the Guggenheim Foundation.
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