E. E. Cummings's Poetry

Topics: Poetry, Sonnet, E. E. Cummings Pages: 2 (548 words) Published: May 21, 2007
E.E. Cummings
E.E. Cummings, one of our most famous poets is known to not only express himself through his poetry with mystical and anarchist beliefs, but through his paintings and other forms of visual and intellectual art. As far as writing, Cummings is known for his many styles of poetry. Love poems, satirical squibs, and descriptive nature poems are all included in his many styles. Through his poetry he has discovered an original way of describing the immediacy of sensuous experience he gets from everything he writes about. Born Edward Estlin Cummings in 1894 to liberal, indulgent parents who from early on encouraged him to develop his creative gifts. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and continued to live there with his parents while attending public grade schools. E.E. loved his childhood in Cambridge so much that he was inspired to write his most famous poem, "In Just-" about it. Cummings began attending Harvard, where his father taught sociology and political science. He studied many different languages, one of them being Greek. It was here where he was introduced to many of the poets who influenced him in his writing style. Edward had enlisted in the Norton-Haries Ambulance Corps and had been drafted to several areas while beginning to write more poems and stories. After moving around to several places he finally was able to settle down without being drafted again. Upon returning he delivered a daring commencement address on modernist artistic innovations. It was then that he has announced the direction his work would take. One of the main things Cummings became known for was his grammatical usage. He took many different approaches to the English language and the current way of writing. What made his writings so interesting was how he used verbs as nouns and nouns as verbs and verbs as adjectives and adjectives as adverbs. For people who are not fimilair with Cummings may think this sounds confusing but for most readers,...
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