E. E. Cummings


: A Man of Poetry
The background of E.E. Cummings, who was a distinctive, American poet, greatly influenced his literary achievements in poetry. This can be seen in the experiences of his early childhood. “Cummings was born Edward Estlin Cummings in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 14, 1894”(Ulanov 565). He was born into wealthy and creative surroundings. “Dr. Cummings was a woodsman, a photographer, an actor, a carpenter, an artist – and talented in all that he undertook. Mrs. Cummings [however] was a shy woman who overcame conventional influences to respond joyously and effectively to life” (Triem 2). He also grew up in a rich neighborhood. “He ...

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his first poems for the Harvard Monthly Journal (Smelstor 455). After earning his Master’s at Harvard, he then moved on to volunteering as an ambulance driver in France during WWII. “From his experiences in La Ferte’ Mace’ (a detention camp) he accumulated material for his documentary ‘novel,’ The Enormous Room (1922), one of the best war books by an American” (Triem 2). After a lifetime of literary achievement, “Cummings died in Conway, NH, on Sept. 3, 1962” at the age of 68 (Ulanov 565). Thus, his early childhood and his later years helped to shape him into such a well-known literary poet.
The themes and techniques used by distinguish his unique writing style from all other average poets of his time. In his writings, Cummings’, expressed many different themes. “He attacks many aspects of American life, especially Puritanism and Philistinism… (Cummings, Penguin, 470). In some of his poems, he ...

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