Edward Estlin “E. E.” Cummings, often styled as e e cummings, as he is attributed in many of his published works, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays. He is often regarded as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Cummings is associated with modernist free-form poetry. Much of his work has idiosyncratic syntax and uses lower case spellings for poetic expression. His use of lower case extended to rendering even the personal pronoun I as i, as in the phrase “i shall go.”
|Born:||Edward Estlin Cummings, October 14, 1894, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Died:||September 3, 1962, Madison, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|Alma mater:||Harvard University|
|IMDb:||E. E. Cummings’s IMDb|
About EE Cummings
Experimental poet and author who shattered rules of syntax to reveal meaning. His best-known works include The Enormous Room, Tulips and Chimneys, and No Thanks.
He began writing poetry when he was only eight years old. He further developed his dynamic, modern style while he was a student at Harvard.
He held conservative political views, a fact that seems incongruent with his radical, rule-breaking literary persona.
He was married three times — to Elaine Orr, Anne Minnerly Barton, and Marion Morehouse — and had one daughter.
He was influenced by the poetry of Amy Lowell.
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