E.E CUMMINGS By: Rafael Martinez

Biographical Facts:

Cummings wrote the avant-garde play Him, performed by the Provincetown Players in 1927.

Unable to find a publisher, Cummings self-published much of his work and struggled financially. It was only in the 1940s and 50s, with a counterculture, that his style of writing came to be more favored by the masses and he gave live readings before full houses.

He received a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets at the start of the 1950s.

He won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry from Yale University.

He was put off by the government's social policies, which he wrote about with unconventional prose in his 1933 work Eimi.

I will wade out

till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers

I will take the sun in my mouth

and leap into the ripe air


with closed eyes

to dash against darkness

in the sleeping curves of my body

Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery

with chasteness of sea-girls

Will i complete the mystery

of my flesh

I will rise

After a thousand years



And set my teeth in the silver of the moon


till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers

I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air

Cummings uses methods such as: Broken syntax Self-created compound words Decapitalization Unusual forms of punctuation Capitalizes words to show emphasis
Why do you like it or dislike it? I enjoy his work because it’s unusual and interesting due to the fact that he rejects traditional forms. The themes in most of his poems aren’t noticeable right a way, but are really abstract and gets your mind thinking like the poem “will I wade out”.
Website used for Spark:http://www.biography.com/people/ee-cummings-9263274


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