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Biography of e.e. cummings

e.e. cummings

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to liberal, indulgent parents who from early on encouraged him to develop his creative gifts. While at Harvard, where his father had taught before becoming a Unitarian minister, he delivered a daring commencement address on modernist artistic innovations, thus announcing the direction his own work would take. In 1917, after working briefly for a mail-order publishing company, the only regular employment in his career, Cummings volunteered to serve in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance group in France. Here he and a friend were imprisoned (on false grounds) for three months in a French detention camp. The Enormous Room (1922), his witty and absorbing account of the experience, was also the first of his literary attacks on authoritarianism. Eimi (1933), a later travel journal, focused with much less successful results on the collectivized Soviet Union.

At the end of the First World War Cummings went to Paris to study art. On his return to New York in 1924 he found himself a celebrity, both for The Enormous Room and for Tulips and Chimneys (1923), his first collection of poetry (for which his old classmate John Dos Passos had finally found a publisher). Clearly influenced by Gertrude Stein's syntactical and Amy Lowell's imagistic experiments, Cummings's early poems had nevertheless discovered an original way of describing the chaotic immediacy of sensuous experience. The games they play with language (adverbs functioning as nouns, for instance) and lyric form combine with their deliberately simplistic view of the world (the individual and spontaneity versus collectivism and rational thought) to give them the gleeful and precocious tone which became, a hallmark of his work. Love poems, satirical squibs, and descriptive nature poems would always be his favoured forms.

A roving assignment from Vanity Fair in 1926 allowed Cummings to travel again and to establish his lifelong routine: painting in the afternoons and writing at night. In 1931 he published a collection of drawings and paintings, CIOPW (its title an acronym for the materials used: charcoal, ink, oil, pencil, watercolour), and over the next three decades had many individual shows in New York. He enjoyed a long and happy third marriage to the photographer Marion Morehouse, with whom he collaborated on Adventures in Value (1962), and in later life divided his time between their apartment in New York and his family's farm in New Hampshire. His many later books of poetry, from VV (1931) and No Thanks (1935) to Xaipe (1950) and 95 Poems (1958), took his formal experiments and his war on the scientific attitude to new extremes, but showed little substantial development.

Cummings's critical reputation has never matched his popularity. The left-wing critics of the 1930s were only the first to dismiss his work as sentimental and politically na´ve. His supporters, however, find value not only in its verbal and visual inventiveness but also in its mystical and anarchistic beliefs. The two-volume Complete Poems, ed. George James Firmage (New York and London, 1981) is the standard edition of his poetry, and Dreams in a Mirror, by Richard S. Kennedy (New York, 1980) the standard biography. e. e. cummings: The Art of His Poetry, by Norman Friedman (Baltimore and London, 1960) is still among the best critical studies of his poetic techniques.



153 Poems written by e.e. cummings

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!blac Comments and analysis of !blac... (1) by e.e. cummings 662 Comments
"Gay" is the captivating cognomen of a Young Woman of cambridge, Comments and analysis of 254 Comments
(and i imagine Comments and analysis of (and i imagine... (XII) by e.e. cummings 219 Comments
(once like a spark) Comments and analysis of once like a spark... (XXIV) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
(will you teach a Comments and analysis of (will you teach a... (12) by e.e. cummings 52 Comments
)when what hugs stopping earth than silent is Comments and analysis of )when what hugs stopping earth than silent is... (16) by e.e. cummings 13 Comments
1(a Comments and analysis of 1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness) by e.e. cummings 250 Comments
10 Comments and analysis of maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings 392 Comments
2 little whos Comments and analysis of 2 little whos by e.e. cummings 481 Comments
34 Comments and analysis of my father moved through dooms of love by e.e. cummings 80 Comments
now does our world descend Comments and analysis of now does our world descend... by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
there are so many tictoc Comments and analysis of there are so many tictoc... by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
a clown's smirk in the skull of a baboon Comments and analysis of a clown's smirk in the skull of a baboon by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
a light Out) Comments and analysis of a light Out) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
a man who had fallen among thieves Comments and analysis of a man who had fallen among thieves by e.e. cummings 103 Comments
a pretty a day Comments and analysis of a pretty a day by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
a total stranger one black day Comments and analysis of a total stranger one black day by e.e. cummings 16 Comments
all ignorance toboggans into know Comments and analysis of all ignorance toboggans into know by e.e. cummings 254 Comments
All in green went my love riding Comments and analysis of All in green went my love riding by e.e. cummings 43 Comments
all which isn't singing is mere talking Comments and analysis of all which isn't singing is mere talking by e.e. cummings 22 Comments
am was. are leaves few this. is these a or Comments and analysis of am was. by e.e. cummings 58 Comments
anyone lived in a pretty how town Comments and analysis of anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings 872 Comments
as freedom is a breakfastfood Comments and analysis of as freedom is a breakfastfood by e.e. cummings 13 Comments
because i love you)last night Comments and analysis of because i love you)last night by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
because it's Comments and analysis of because it's by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
between the breasts Comments and analysis of between the breasts by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
Buffalo Bill's Comments and analysis of Buffalo Bill's by e.e. cummings 399 Comments
but if a living dance upon dead minds Comments and analysis of but if a living dance upon dead minds by e.e. cummings 61 Comments
but mr can you maybe listen there's Comments and analysis of but mr can you maybe listen there's by e.e. cummings 252 Comments
but the other Comments and analysis of but the other by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
buy me an ounce and i'll sell you a pound. Comments and analysis of buy me an ounce and i'll sell you a pound. by e.e. cummings 85 Comments
dead every enourmous piece Comments and analysis of dead every enourmous piece by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
dreaming in marble all the castle lay Comments and analysis of Of Nicolette by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
dying is fine)but Death Comments and analysis of dying is fine)but Death by e.e. cummings 126 Comments
ecco a letter starting"dearest we" Comments and analysis of ecco a letter starting 2 Comments
enter no(silence is the blood whose flesh Comments and analysis of enter no by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
F O R E W A R D Comments and analysis of FOREWARD, is 5 by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
fl Comments and analysis of fl... (2) by e.e. cummings 65 Comments
flotsam and jetsam Comments and analysis of flotsam and jetsam by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
gee i like to think of dead it means nearer because deeper firmer Comments and analysis of gee i like to think of dead by e.e. cummings 258 Comments
guilt is the cause of more disorders Comments and analysis of guilt is the cause of more disorders by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
hate blows a bubble of despair into Comments and analysis of hate blows a bubble of despair into by e.e. cummings 41 Comments
he isn't looking at anything Comments and analysis of Doveglion by e.e. cummings 51 Comments
here is little Effie's head Comments and analysis of here is little Effie's head by e.e. cummings 21 Comments
here's to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap Comments and analysis of here's to opening and upward by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
Humanity i love you Comments and analysis of Humanity i love you by e.e. cummings 506 Comments
i am a beggar always Comments and analysis of I Am A Beggar Always by e.e. cummings 248 Comments
i am a little church(no great cathedral) Comments and analysis of i am a little church by e.e. cummings 258 Comments
i am so glad and very Comments and analysis of i am so glad and very by e.e. cummings 253 Comments
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in Comments and analysis of i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings 805 Comments
i go to this window Comments and analysis of i go to this window by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
i have found what you are like Comments and analysis of i have found what you are like by e.e. cummings 260 Comments
i like my body when it is with your Comments and analysis of i like my body when it is with your by e.e. cummings 89 Comments
i shall imagine life Comments and analysis of i shall imagine life by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
i thank You God for most this amazing Comments and analysis of i thank you God for most this amazing by e.e. cummings 312 Comments
I. Comments and analysis of Epithalamion by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
if everything happens that can't be done Comments and analysis of if everything happens that can't be done by e.e. cummings 277 Comments
if i have made,my lady,intricate Comments and analysis of if i have made,my lady,intricate by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
if I should sleep with a lady called death Comments and analysis of if I should sleep with a lady called death by e.e. cummings 42 Comments
if there are any heavens my mother will(all by herself)have Comments and analysis of if there are any heavens my mother will by e.e. cummings 26 Comments
If you can't eat you got to Comments and analysis of If you can't eat you got to by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
if you like my poems let them Comments and analysis of if you like my poems let them by e.e. cummings 106 Comments
III Comments and analysis of Spring is like a perhaps hand by e.e. cummings 61 Comments
in a middle of a room Comments and analysis of in a middle of a room by e.e. cummings 60 Comments
in Just- Comments and analysis of in Just- by e.e. cummings 724 Comments
in spite of everything Comments and analysis of in spite of everything by e.e. cummings 243 Comments
in time of daffodils(who know Comments and analysis of in time of daffodils by e.e. cummings 38 Comments
into the strenuous briefness Comments and analysis of into the strenuous briefness by e.e. cummings 201 Comments
it is at moments after i have dreamed Comments and analysis of it is at moments after I have dreamed by e.e. cummings 75 Comments
it may not always be so;and i say Comments and analysis of it may not always be so by e.e. cummings 98 Comments
Jehovah buried,Satan dead, Comments and analysis of Jehovah buried,Satan dead, by e.e. cummings 298 Comments
kumrads die because they're told) Comments and analysis of kumrads die because they're told) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
l(a Comments and analysis of l(a by e.e. cummings 27 Comments
lily has a rose Comments and analysis of lily has a rose by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
listen Comments and analysis of listen... (III) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
little tree Comments and analysis of Little Tree by e.e. cummings 60 Comments
love is a place Comments and analysis of love is a place... (58) by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
M in a vicious world-to love virtue Comments and analysis of Marianne Moore (35) by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
may i feel said he Comments and analysis of may i feel said he by e.e. cummings 158 Comments
may my heart always be open to little Comments and analysis of may my heart always be open to little... (19) by e.e. cummings 90 Comments
Me up at does Comments and analysis of (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings 139 Comments
moan Comments and analysis of moan... (7) by e.e. cummings 8 Comments
mr youse needn't be so spry Comments and analysis of mr youse needn't be so spry... (XVIII) by e.e. cummings 63 Comments
mrs
my girl's tall with hard long eyes Comments and analysis of my girl's tall with hard long eyes... (XIX) by e.e. cummings 12 Comments
my love is building a building Comments and analysis of my love is building a building... (XII) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
my mind is Comments and analysis of my mind is... (XXV) by e.e. cummings 23 Comments
my sweet old etcetera Comments and analysis of my sweet old etcetera... (X) by e.e. cummings 34 Comments
n(o)w Comments and analysis of n(o)w... by e.e. cummings 21 Comments
nobody loses all the time Comments and analysis of nobody loses all the time (X) by e.e. cummings 27 Comments
nobody loved this Comments and analysis of nobody loved this... (4) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
nothing false and possible is love Comments and analysis of nothing false and possible is love... (XXXIV) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
Now i lay(with everywhere around) Comments and analysis of Now i lay(with everywhere around)... (44) by e.e. cummings 8 Comments
now is a ship Comments and analysis of now is a ship... (9) by e.e. cummings 247 Comments
now what were motionless move(exists no Comments and analysis of now what were motionless move(exists no... (89) by e.e. cummings 21 Comments
O sweet spontaneous Comments and analysis of O sweet spontaneous by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
of all the blessings which to man Comments and analysis of of all the blessings which to man... (IV) by e.e. cummings 31 Comments
one's not half two. It's two are halves of one: Comments and analysis of one's not half two. It's two are halves of one: by e.e. cummings 243 Comments
ordinary wind is winding(cold face blush Comments and analysis of ordinary wind is winding(cold face blush by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
Picasso Comments and analysis of Picasso... (XXIII) by e.e. cummings 8 Comments
pity this busy monster,manunkind, Comments and analysis of pity this busy monster,manunkind... (XIV) by e.e. cummings 63 Comments
proud of his scientific attitude Comments and analysis of proud of his scientific attitude... (13) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r Comments and analysis of r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r by e.e. cummings 365 Comments
red-rag and pink-flag Comments and analysis of red-rag and pink-flag... (11) by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
seeker of truth Comments and analysis of Seeker Of Truth by e.e. cummings 32 Comments
she being Brand Comments and analysis of she being Brand... (XIX) by e.e. cummings 92 Comments
silence Comments and analysis of silence... (40) by e.e. cummings 8 Comments
since feeling is first Comments and analysis of since feeling is first... (VII) by e.e. cummings 408 Comments
six Comments and analysis of six... (21) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
SNOW Comments and analysis of Snow by e.e. cummings 103 Comments
sometimes i am alive because with Comments and analysis of Sometimes I Am Alive Because With by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond Comments and analysis of somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by e.e. cummings 253 Comments
speaking of love(of Comments and analysis of speaking of love(of... (LV) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
spoke joe to jack Comments and analysis of spoke joe to jack... (10) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
Spring is past, and Summer's past, Comments and analysis of Skating (4) by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
spring omnipotent goddess Thou Comments and analysis of spring omnipotent goddess Thou by e.e. cummings 16 Comments
Stand forth,John Keats! On earth thou knew'st me not; Comments and analysis of Fame Speaks by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
suppose Comments and analysis of suppose... (VIII) by e.e. cummings 50 Comments
supposing i dreamed this) Comments and analysis of supposing i dreamed this)... (IX) by e.e. cummings 19 Comments
take it from me kiddo Comments and analysis of Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal by e.e. cummings 249 Comments
the boys i mean are not refined Comments and analysis of the boys i mean are not refined by e.e. cummings 298 Comments
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls Comments and analysis of the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by e.e. cummings 129 Comments
the Noster was a ship of swank Comments and analysis of the Noster was a ship of swank... (8) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
The poems to come are for you and for me and are not for mostpeople-- it's no use trying to pretend that mostpeople and ourselves are alike. Mostpeople have less in common with ourselves than the squarerootofminusone. You and I are human beings;mostpeople are snobs. Take the matter of being born. What does being born mean to mostpeople? Catastrophe unmitigated. Socialrevolution. The cultured aristocrat yanked out of his hyperexclusively ultravoluptuous superpalazzo,and dumped into an incredibly vulgar detentioncamp swarming with every conceivable species of undesirable organism. Mostpeople fancy a guaranteed birthproof safetysuit of nondestructible selflessness. If mostpeople were to be born twice they'd improbably call it dying-- Comments and analysis of INTRODUCTION from New Poems by e.e. cummings 226 Comments
the way to hump a cow is not Comments and analysis of the way to hump a cow is not... (14) by e.e. cummings 284 Comments
there is a here and
this evangelist Comments and analysis of this evangelist... (XXIX) by e.e. cummings 207 Comments
this is the garden:colours come and go, Comments and analysis of this is the garden: colours come and go,... (IX) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
this(let's remember)day died again and
Thy fingers make early flowers of Comments and analysis of Thy fingers make early flowers of... (IV) by e.e. cummings 81 Comments
Tumbling-hair Comments and analysis of Tumbling-hair/ picker of buttercups/ violets... (V) by e.e. cummings 262 Comments
up into the silence the green Comments and analysis of up into the silence the green... (41) by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
voices to voices,lip to lip Comments and analysis of voices to voices,lip to lip... (XXXIII) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
warped this perhapsy Comments and analysis of warped this perhapsy... (9) by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
what if a much of a which of a wind Comments and analysis of what if a much of a which of a wind... (XX) by e.e. cummings 297 Comments
when faces called flowers float out of the ground Comments and analysis of when faces called flowers float out of the ground... (67) by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
when god lets my body be Comments and analysis of when god lets my body be by e.e. cummings 64 Comments
when hair falls off and eyes blur And Comments and analysis of when hair falls off and eyes blur And... (L) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
when life is quite through with Comments and analysis of when life is quite through with... (II) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
when serpents bargain for the right to squirm Comments and analysis of when serpents bargain for the right to squirm... (22) by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
Where's Madge then, Comments and analysis of Where's Madge then, by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
who knows if the moon's Comments and analysis of who knows if the moon's... (VII) by e.e. cummings 299 Comments
who sharpens every dull Comments and analysis of who sharpens every dull... (26) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
why did you go Comments and analysis of why did you go... (IV) by e.e. cummings 225 Comments
XXX Comments and analysis of i sing of Olaf glad and big by e.e. cummings 283 Comments
yes is a pleasant country: Comments and analysis of yes is a pleasant country... (XXXVIII) by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate of a Comments and analysis of yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate... (V) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
you being in love Comments and analysis of you being in love... (XII) by e.e. cummings 266 Comments
you said Is Comments and analysis of you said Is (XIII) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
you shall above all things be glad and young Comments and analysis of you shall above all things... (22) by e.e. cummings 21 Comments
youful Comments and analysis of youful... (17) by e.e. cummings 38 Comments
your little voice Comments and analysis of your little voice... (I) by e.e. cummings 52 Comments
"next to of course god america i Comments and analysis of next to of course god america i... (III) by e.e. cummings 366 Comments


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