E.E. Cummings Andrew Hodge Block 8

The Early Life of E.E. Cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings or also known as E.E. Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1894. Cummings decided to become a poet as a child and started writing a poem a day from the age of eight to the age of twenty-two. He did this to explore different traditional forms and get used to writing in them. Cummings later went to Harvard in 1916 where he caught an interest in modern poetry.

After College

After graduating Harvard Cummings worked for a mail order book dealer. He ended up quitting because it was too tedious. In 1917 WWI was in Europe and the United States had not gotten involved yet. Cummings decided to volunteer for the Norton Harjes Ambulance Service in France. This type of work was common with those, like Cummings, who considered themselves pacifists. He was stationed on the French-German border with an American William Slater Brown in which they later became friends. These two had later went to Normandy for questioning on being held to suspension of treason. Cummings was later released on December of 1917 a year later the United States had entered the war where Cummings was drafted into the Army and spent six months at a training camp in Massachusetts.

Type of poetry

Cummings began to write avant-garde poems which is when conventional punctuation and syntax were ignored in favor of a dynamic use of language. Cummings also uses line breaks, lower cased lettering, and parentheses to create a distinct image for his poems. Cummings poems were meant to be read not heard. Each poem forms an image that he was aiming for. Cummings also has been influenced by people such as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Amy Lowell.

Fun Facts

E. E. Cummings was an american poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. Cummings had made approximately 2,900 poems, an autobiographical novel, four plays, and several essays as well as multiple drawings and paintings.

Works Cited

Hello Poetry. hellopoetry.com/e-e-cummings/ Poetry Foundation. poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/e-e-cummings Poets.org. poets.org/poetsorg/poet/e-e-cummings


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