E. E. Cummings Essay

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Cohen, Milton A. Poet and Painter: The Aesthetics of E. E. Cummings's Early Work. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1987. Friedman, Norman. (Re)Valuing Cummings: Further Essays on the Poet, 1962-1993. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1996. Kennedy, Richard S. Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of e. e. cummings. NY: Liveright Pub. Corp., 1980. PS3505.U334 Z7 - - -. E. E. Cummings Revisited. NY: Twayne, 1994. Webster, Michael. Reading Visual Poetry after Futurism: Marinetti, Apollinaire, Schwitters, Cummings. NY: Peter Lang, 1995. E. E. Cummings (1894-1962): A Brief Literary Biography A Student Project by David Ruby Most people haven't heard of Edward Estlin Cummings. Ask them about E.E. Cummings, however, and the stereotypes come flowing like a flood: the man whose poems make no sense; the poet whose poems were smeared all over the page; the poet who chopped up his poems and scattered the letters over the page; and, most importantly, the man who didn't capitalize his name. These first impressions are semi-true, yet they indicate a very superficial understanding of the man and his poetry. Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge Massachusetts, to Edward and Rebecca Haswell Clarke Cummings. The elder Edward was alternately an instructor at Harvard (subjects: English, sociology, and political economy), and a Unitarian minister. He grew up at 104 Irving Street in Cambridge, in a neighborhood known as the Shady Hill Community, an "academic enclave, dominated by Harvard professors and administrators." (Dumas 17) The Cummings family fit into this environment well, as the elder Edward, in addition to his intellectual position, was fascinated by all things modern. For instance, "the first telephone in Cambridge was installed in the Cummings house." (Dumas 17) Young E.E. developed an talent for writing poetry early on, and "remembered that he always

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