E.E Cummings Essay

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Gurpreet Sangha English 01B Jeanne Temple 17 July 2012 E.E. Cummings Poet Report E. E. Cummings was a famous American poet, writer, and painter in the 19th century. He is regarded by many as a literary revolutionist. (Everett) He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His parents supported his creativity and encouraged his creativity. He attended Harvard University for his higher education. In 1917, during the First World War, he volunteered to serve in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group in France. (Everett) He later wrote a book based on his experiences during France. When he was released back to the states, he was drafted by the Army, where he served until November of 1918. (Everett) Shortly afterwards he published his first collection of poetry, “Tulips and Chimneys”. Both were met with success in the states, making him a sort of celebrity (Everett). One of the reasons he is still analyzed to this day, is the way in which he wrote his poems. He used his own style of grammar, and doesn’t conform to the typical outlines that certain poets have been using for centuries. Throughout history, most poetry has a set of guidelines. Some sort of rhyme scheme, a defined length, and a certain number of syllables are just a few examples of different types of rules that certain poems have to abide by. But it was not different in the time of E. E. Cummings. However, E. E. Cummings had a different poetic style. He practically invented his own grammar for many of his poems. A good example of his grammar style can be found in his short poem entitled “l(a.” (Landles) You can clearly see that his writing style is unique and the way he wanted to do it. His unique style of writing is a main reason why he is still studied to this day, and will more than likely continue to be one of history’s most successful poets. Cummings’ wrote about many things, but there are a few definite

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