e e cummings Biography and Style analysis

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In the fall of 1916, America met a young, ambitious Harvard graduate known as Edward Estlin Cummings. For forty-six years, this bold new poet, armed with his extremely unique style of writing and his firm moral beliefs, rejected conventional thinking of his era. Through his work he praised simplicity in life and reviled with deep cynicism the artificialities and ethical potholes of mankind. By the fall of 1962, his work completed, he left his mark on the world of poetry as e e cummings. Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Edward (Sr.) and Rebecca Cummings. In his childhood, Cummings enjoyed a comfortable courtesy of his family’s vast fortune. Cummings shared a deep and caring relationship with both his parents, but more so with his father, who was a college sociology professor as well as a devout Christian. He taught Cummings to read and write at a very early age, and instilled a strong sense of right and wrong. Cummings had one younger sibling, Elizabeth Cummings. Cummings attended Cambridge Latin High School through his younger years. Many of his early works, short stories and poems alike, were published in the school newspaper, The Cambridge Review.( E. e. cummings : A Collection of Critical Essays.) From 1911 to 1916, Cummings attended Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. (bachelor arts) degree and a Master's degree in English and Classical Studies. During his graduation ceremony, he delivered a highly controversial speech called “The New Art” in which he accidentally accused Amy Lowell, an extremely well-liked and very popular imagist poet, of being “abnormal”.(Dreams in a Mirror: A Biography of E.E. Cummings) Although Cummings actually deeply admired Lowell and her signature style of writing, and meant her being “abnormal”, in the sense that she was distinctive, the receiving crowd

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