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Comments 0 Please log in to add your comment. Transcript of The Poetic Style of E. Cummings Typography Cummings uses distinct line breaks, lower cased lettering, and parentheses to create a distinct image for his poems. He states in a letter to his father, "Using such minutiae as commas and small I's Each poem forms a distinct image that identifies Cummings' typography.

S a r rIvInG. He stresses the devices of style, such as, broken syntax, self-created compound words, decapitalization, and unusual forms of punctuation. Cummings capitalizes words to show emphasis. He does not follow the normal rules of grammar involiving capitalization. Also, in many of his poems he does not capitalize the letter "I", to show humility. Along with capitalization, Cummings uses punctuation to add emphasis.

His punctuation is used to identify key concepts in his poetry. Norman Friedman explains how Cummings uses syntax to convey emotions, " Cummings uses a varied approach to rhythm. He prefers writing sonnets and free verse poetry. He also uses slant rhyme in the majority of his sonnets. Cummings' sonnets do not follow strict iambic pentameter. Ames states, "Cummings is not interested in the metrical balance of the sonnet form or its tendency to divide the lyric into section of argument.

His sonnets follow rhyme schemes of five, six, or seven rhymes throughout each poem. He worked as an essayist and portrait artist for Vanity Fair magazine — In , Cummings' parents were in a car crash; only his mother survived, although she was severely injured.

Cummings later described the crash in the following passage from his i: A locomotive cut the car in half, killing my father instantly. When two brakemen jumped from the halted train, they saw a woman standing — dazed but erect — beside a mangled machine; with blood spouting as the older said to me out of her head.

One of her hands the younger added kept feeling her dress, as if trying to discover why it was wet. These men took my sixty-six-year old mother by the arms and tried to lead her toward a nearby farmhouse; but she threw them off, strode straight to my father's body, and directed a group of scared spectators to cover him.

When this had been done and only then she let them lead her away. His father's death had a profound effect on Cummings, who entered a new period in his artistic life. He began to focus on more important aspects of life in his poetry. He started this new period by paying homage to his father in the poem "my father moved through dooms of love".

In the s Samuel Aiwaz Jacobs was Cummings' publisher; he had started the Golden Eagle Press after working as a typographer and publisher. In , his alma mater, Harvard University , awarded Cummings an honorary seat as a guest professor. The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures he gave in and were later collected as i: Cummings spent the last decade of his life traveling, fulfilling speaking engagements, and spending time at his summer home, Joy Farm , in Silver Lake, New Hampshire.

At the time of his death, Cummings was recognized as the second most read author in the United States, behind Robert Frost. His longest relationship lasted more than three decades, a common-law marriage to Marion Morehouse.

Cummings' first marriage, to Elaine Orr, began as a love affair in while she was still married to Scofield Thayer , one of Cummings' friends from Harvard. During this time he wrote a good deal of his erotic poetry. The couple had a daughter together out of wedlock.

However, the couple separated after two months of marriage and divorced less than nine months later. Cummings married his second wife Anne Minnerly Barton on May 1, , and they separated three years later in That same year, Anne obtained a Mexican divorce ; it was not officially recognized in the United States until August Anne died in aged In , after his separation from his second wife, Cummings met Marion Morehouse, a fashion model and photographer.

Although it is not clear whether the two were ever formally married, Morehouse lived with Cummings in a common-law marriage until his death in According to his testimony in EIMI , Cummings had little interest in politics until his trip to the Soviet Union in , [19] after which he shifted rightward on many political and social issues. Despite Cummings' familiarity with avant-garde styles likely affected by the Calligrammes of French poet Apollinaire , according to a contemporary observation [22] , much of his work is quite traditional.

Many of his poems are sonnets , albeit often with a modern twist. He occasionally used the blues form and acrostics. Cummings' poetry often deals with themes of love and nature, as well as the relationship of the individual to the masses and to the world. His poems are also often rife with satire. While his poetic forms and themes share an affinity with the Romantic tradition , Cummings' work universally shows a particular idiosyncrasy of syntax , or way of arranging individual words into larger phrases and sentences.

Many of his most striking poems do not involve any typographical or punctuation innovations at all, but purely syntactic ones. From "i carry your heart with me i carry it in" [23]. As well as being influenced by notable modernists , including Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound , Cummings in his early work drew upon the imagist experiments of Amy Lowell. Later, his visits to Paris exposed him to Dada and Surrealism , which he reflected in his work. He began to rely on symbolism and allegory, where he once had used simile and metaphor.

In his later work, he rarely used comparisons that required objects that were not previously mentioned in the poem, choosing to use a symbol instead. Due to this, his later poetry is "frequently more lucid, more moving, and more profound than his earlier. While some of his poetry is free verse with no concern for rhyme or meter , many have a recognizable sonnet structure of 14 lines, with an intricate rhyme scheme. A number of his poems feature a typographically exuberant style, with words, parts of words, or punctuation symbols scattered across the page, often making little sense until read aloud, at which point the meaning and emotion become clear.

Cummings, who was also a painter, understood the importance of presentation, and used typography to "paint a picture" with some of his poems.

The seeds of Cummings' unconventional style appear well established even in his earliest work. At age six, he wrote to his father:. Following his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room , Cummings' first published work was a collection of poems titled Tulips and Chimneys This work was the public's first encounter with his characteristic eccentric use of grammar and punctuation.

Some of Cummings' most famous poems do not involve much, if any, odd typography or punctuation, but still carry his unmistakable style, particularly in unusual and impressionistic word order. From " anyone lived in a pretty how town " [27]. Cummings' work often does not proceed in accordance with the conventional combinatorial rules that generate typical English sentences for example, "they sowed their isn't". In addition, a number of Cummings' poems feature, in part or in whole, intentional misspellings, and several incorporate phonetic spellings intended to represent particular dialects.

Cummings also made use of inventive formations of compound words, as in "in Just" [28] which features words such as "mud-luscious", "puddle-wonderful", and "eddieandbill. Blackmur has commented that this use of language is "frequently unintelligible because [Cummings] disregards the historical accumulation of meaning in words in favour of merely private and personal associations.

Many of Cummings' poems are satirical and address social issues [31] but have an equal or even stronger bias toward romanticism: Cummings also wrote children's books and novels. A notable example of his versatility is an introduction he wrote for a collection of the comic strip Krazy Kat. Cummings is known for controversial subject matter, as he wrote numerous erotic poems.

He also sometimes included ethnic slurs in his writing. For instance, in his collection Xaipe: Seventy-One Poems , Cummings published two poems containing words that caused outrage in some quarters. Friends begged Cummings to reconsider publishing these poems, and the book's editor pleaded with him to withdraw them, but he insisted that they stay. All the fuss perplexed him. The poems were commenting on prejudice, he pointed out, and not condoning it.

He intended to show how derogatory words cause people to see others in terms of stereotypes rather than as individuals. William Carlos Williams spoke out in his defense. During his lifetime, Cummings published four plays. The production was directed by James Light. Relax and give the play a chance to strut its stuff—relax, stop wondering what it is all 'about'—like many strange and familiar things, Life included, this play isn't 'about,' it simply is.

Don't try to enjoy it, let it try to enjoy you. A Symposium to End Symposium. The play consists of dialogue between Man, the main character, and three "infrahumans", or inferior beings.

The word anthropos is the Greek word for "man", in the sense of "mankind". The ballet is detailed in a "synopsis" as well as descriptions of four "episodes", which were published by Cummings in It has never been performed.

A Morality was probably Cummings' most successful play. It is an allegorical Christmas fantasy presented in one act of five scenes. The play was inspired by his daughter Nancy, with whom he was reunited in It was first published in the Harvard College magazine, Wake.

At the outset of the play, Santa Claus' family has disintegrated due to their lust for knowledge Science. After a series of events, however, Santa Claus' faith in love and his rejection of the materialism and disappointment he associates with Science are reaffirmed, and he is reunited with Woman and Child.

Cummings' publishers and others have often echoed the unconventional orthography in his poetry by writing his name in lowercase and without periods full stops , but normal orthography for his name uppercase and periods is supported by scholarship and preferred by publishers today.

The use of lowercase for his initials was popularized in part by the title of some books, particularly in the s, printing his name in lower case on the cover and spine. In the preface to E. Moore notes Cummings "had his name put legally into lower case, and in his later books the titles and his name were always in lower case.

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E.E. Cummings' writing style was nontraditional poetry. His experimentation with syntax, word placement and visual arrangements forces readers to use fresh eyes when reading his work. Readers benefit from reading his poems both verbally and visually. Cummings' unique style .

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Biography Cummings uses slant rhyme when writing his sonnets. His sonnets follow rhyme schemes of five, six, or seven rhymes throughout each poem. E.E. Cummings was born on October 14, and died on September 03, from a stroke.

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“9” by E.E. Cummings Edward Estlin Cummings was a unique poet with an equally unique writing style. E.E. Cummings was born on October 14th, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In , Cummings graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard University. The Writing Style of E. E. Cummings E. E. Cummings, was born in and died in During his lifetime, he wrote many poems with unconventional punctuation and capitalization, and unusual line, word, and even letter placements - namely, ideograms.