E. E. Cumming's Life and Accomplishments

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Through his brilliance of pen to paper, he provided meaning and direction for those lost in the creation of a new post-war, modernist society. He cleared the path for those struggling to self-identify and individualize. Through a vast collection of poetry and short novels, Cummings played a significant role in the modernist movement of literature. “E.E. Cummings was, without a doubt, one of the most startling poetic innovators to write in the English language. Each stanza, each line, each word demands separate explication in relation to the content in which occurs” (Stanley). Cummings served as one of the most distinguished ambassadors of a new image of the world, with special emphasis on race, gender, regional perspectives, love/sexuality, ethnicity, and stylistic approaches to literary creativity and formatting. “The public remembers Cummings all too well as a typographical prankster, a sweet singer of nature and love, a champion of the individual, a scourge of science, collectivism and liberalism. It barely knows him as a professional and lifelong painter, a systematic aesthetician, and a careful craftsman. And beyond the private man behind these personae, the public knows virtually nothing” (Cohen). He was, however, so much more! “Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14, 1894 (poets.org). E.E. was born to two parents who, by all accounts, loved and encouraged him and his eventual love affair with the written language, poetry in particular. His father was an educator and, ironically, a minister, which perhaps fostered his later relationship with God. Interestingly, Cummings decided to become a poet when he was still a child. Between the ages of eight and twenty-two, he wrote a poem a day ... ... middle of paper ... ...High_Modernist> Friedman, Norman. "Diction, Voice, and Tone: The Poetic Language of E. E. Cummings." Modern Language Association. 72.5 (1957): 1036-1059. Web. Merriam-Webster. "Romanticism." Merriam-Webster. Web. . Rablin, Perry J. "Tribute to EE Cummings." English Journal. 66. No. 5 (1977): 55. Web. Ray, David. "The Irony of E. E. Cummings." College English. 23.4 (1962): 282, 287-290. Web. . Stanley, Julia. "An Analysis of E. E. Cummings' "Actualities: I"." National Council of Teachers of English. 17.3 (1966): 130-134. Web. < http://www.jstor.org/stable/354427> Tate, Allan. "Understanding Modern Poetry." English Journal. 29.4 (1940): 263-274. Web. .

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