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E.E. Cummings, an unforgettable poet

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are,” is a quote which E.E. Cummings lived by (Brainy Quotes). Edward Estlin, often shortened to E.E., was a poetic genius that could be considered a translator of love. Cumming’s exciting life and loved ones influenced him to be such a great author that he is still remembered to this day.

E.E. Cummings was a child prodigy of sorts; from the early age of eight, he was already writing a poem a day (Poetry Foundation). Cummings went to Harvard University to receive his BA degree and Master’s degree for English and Classical Studies (Poets.org). In his studies at the university, he was introduced to modern forms of poetry, including avant-garde (Poetry Foundation). One year later, some of his early pieces were already being included in “Eight Harvard Poets”, an assortment of poetry written by members of the Harvard poetry society (American Poems). Also that year, Cummings experienced some life altering moments that certainly changed his view on life (Poets.org). Cummings volunteered to drive an ambulance in France during WW1, but while on active duty he was sent to a prison camp for alleged sentiments on anti-war (Poets.org). It all resulted in Cummings spending a total of four months in prison (Bio.True Story). This did work out for Cummings in the big picture, because he had the opportunity to meet people and have new experiences. After the war ended, he moved back to America in rural Connecticut but often traveled through Europe where he met other poets and artists, one of which includes Pablo Picasso (Poets.org). Cumming’s life has been progressing from the time he was a child, writing simple poems, to adulthood, traveling the world and having life experiences, which woul...

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...the wisdom needed to become a poet that shall be remembered for many years to come.

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how e.e. cummings lived by the quote "it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." edward estlin was a poet and translator of love.
  • Explains that e.e. cummings was a child prodigy who went to harvard university, where he was introduced to modern forms of poetry, including avant-garde, and spent four months in prison for alleged anti-war sentiments.
  • Analyzes how cumming's way with words makes him one of the most memorable poets of his time.
  • Narrates gunner bengtsson's "e. e. cummings poems, biography and quotes - by american poetry." the poetry foundation.
  • Explains shmoop editorial team's "if everything happens that can't be done."
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