E.E. Cummings Albanee Garcia : 7th block

Biography

Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as E.E. Cummings- one of the world's most innovative poets of time, was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS. Cummings decided to be a poet when he was only 8 years old, and continued his passion everyday by writing a poem a day until his death in 1969. FURTHERING his passion, HE attended Harvard university and RECEIVED a bachelors of arts degree in 1915 and a masters of arts degree in 1916. After graduating, he moved to france where he volunteered as an ambulance driver in world war i; however, that only lasted 5 months due to anti-war protests. Soon after his return from the war, cummings began affairs with his future wife Elaine Thayer and she gave birth to two of his children. In the 1920s, cumming's poetry was thriving more than ever. his first debut in poetry came from "The dial," a collection of poems from various authors including seven poems by Cumming's. following those poems, he had his first book published titled "the enormous room." 3 years later, his own collection of poems were published in "tulips and CHIMNEYS." with these collections, cummings began his reputation as a world-renowned poet. he became so popular so quickly because of the distinct law-breaking language he used. Poet and critic, Randall Jarrel describes Cummings as, "one of the most individual poets who ever lived... Mr. Cummings’s poems are loved because they are full of sentimentally, of sex, of more or less improper jokes, of elementary lyric insistence." Cummings poems consisted of simple topics however elaborated upon those topics without adding irony like the modern poet. Other critics and poets described his poems as lyrical celebrations. His inspiration came from a single life-long belief: man's individuality. He saw the benefit of free expression and pushed it to it's boundaries to become the second most widely read poets in the United states by the time of his death. HE won several awards including the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1958, and an Academy of American Poets Fellowship. He died in 1969 yet his poems continue to amuse and delight the modern poets.

Works Cited

"E.E. Cummings." Poets.org. 2016. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/e-e-cummings

"E.E. Cummings." Poetry Foundation. 2016. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/e-e-cummings

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