The Writing's Of E.e. Cummings Essay

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The Writing’s of E.E. Cummings Why was E.E.Cummings so controversial during his time and how did this secure his spot in today’s literary canon? We must explore his life order to understand his writing. He was born Edward Estlin Cummmings in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1894 to Edward Cummings and Rebecca Haswell Clarke. His father was a professor of sociology and political science and, later in life, a Unitarian minister. Cummings portrayed his father as a person who could accomplish anything he wanted to. His mother loved to read poetry and encouraged Cummings to write every day. His first poem was written at age three: Oh,the pretty birdie,O;/with his little toe,toe,toe! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings) His liberal and sometimes indulgent parents encouraged him early on to delve into his creative side. He began fully composing poems as early as age ten in 1904 and by 1916 he had earned his M.A. from Harvard. It was at Harvard that he got his first taste of notoriety during the very controversial commencement address he delivered to the graduating class. The address was entitled The New Art, in which he accused a well-liked poet, Amy Lowell, of being abnormal. He was chastised in the papers for his controversial and pejorative speech. It was also at Harvard that his first published poems appeared in a collection of poetry entitled “Eight Harvard Poets”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings) He moved on after Harvard and enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps with his friend from college, John Dos Passos. The two openly expressed their anti-war views and preferred French soldiers over their fellow American ambulance drivers. This sparked the attention of authorities and five months after being there, he was arrested on suspicion of espionage activities. He was held for three and a half

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