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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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78037 supposing i dreamed this)... (IX) Comments and analysis of supposing i dreamed this)... (IX) by e.e. cummings 26 Comments
75539 maggie and milly and molly and may Comments and analysis of maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings 420 Comments
74088 i have found what you are like Comments and analysis of i have found what you are like by e.e. cummings 290 Comments
70606 between the breasts Comments and analysis of between the breasts by e.e. cummings 11 Comments
51326 in spite of everything Comments and analysis of in spite of everything by e.e. cummings 267 Comments
48676 all which isn't singing is mere talking Comments and analysis of all which isn't singing is mere talking by e.e. cummings 32 Comments
44019 you said Is (XIII) Comments and analysis of you said Is (XIII) by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
43515 Little Tree Comments and analysis of Little Tree by e.e. cummings 77 Comments
42169 (will you teach a... (12) Comments and analysis of (will you teach a... (12) by e.e. cummings 76 Comments
41980 Sometimes I Am Alive Because With Comments and analysis of Sometimes I Am Alive Because With by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
40514 nobody loses all the time (X) Comments and analysis of nobody loses all the time (X) by e.e. cummings 39 Comments
38347 your little voice... (I) Comments and analysis of your little voice... (I) by e.e. cummings 71 Comments
36958 in a middle of a room Comments and analysis of in a middle of a room by e.e. cummings 87 Comments
35286 but if a living dance upon dead minds Comments and analysis of but if a living dance upon dead minds by e.e. cummings 71 Comments
34779 the way to hump a cow is not... (14) Comments and analysis of the way to hump a cow is not... (14) by e.e. cummings 321 Comments
32169 silence... (40) Comments and analysis of silence... (40) by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
31628 i go to this window Comments and analysis of i go to this window by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
31377 once like a spark... (XXIV) Comments and analysis of once like a spark... (XXIV) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
29581 nothing false and possible is love... (XXXIV) Comments and analysis of nothing false and possible is love... (XXXIV) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
29435 what if a much of a which of a wind... (XX) Comments and analysis of what if a much of a which of a wind... (XX) by e.e. cummings 341 Comments
28994 enter no Comments and analysis of enter no by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
28592 Thy fingers make early flowers of... (IV) Comments and analysis of Thy fingers make early flowers of... (IV) by e.e. cummings 107 Comments
28055 here's to opening and upward Comments and analysis of here's to opening and upward by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
26092 gee i like to think of dead Comments and analysis of gee i like to think of dead by e.e. cummings 288 Comments
25920 Jehovah buried,Satan dead, Comments and analysis of Jehovah buried,Satan dead, by e.e. cummings 338 Comments
25752 voices to voices,lip to lip... (XXXIII) Comments and analysis of voices to voices,lip to lip... (XXXIII) by e.e. cummings 27 Comments
25047 hate blows a bubble of despair into Comments and analysis of hate blows a bubble of despair into by e.e. cummings 53 Comments
24935 moan... (7) Comments and analysis of moan... (7) by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
24361 the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls Comments and analysis of the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by e.e. cummings 146 Comments
23872 Fame Speaks Comments and analysis of Fame Speaks by e.e. cummings 16 Comments
23366 INTRODUCTION from New Poems Comments and analysis of INTRODUCTION from New Poems by e.e. cummings 237 Comments
21962 now is a ship... (9) Comments and analysis of now is a ship... (9) by e.e. cummings 265 Comments
19580 Skating (4) Comments and analysis of Skating (4) by e.e. cummings 11 Comments
19151 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 4 Comments
19080 a light Out) Comments and analysis of a light Out) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
18714 if i have made,my lady,intricate Comments and analysis of if i have made,my lady,intricate by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
17462 there are so many tictoc... Comments and analysis of there are so many tictoc... by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
17381 FOREWARD, is 5 Comments and analysis of FOREWARD, is 5 by e.e. cummings 31 Comments
15696 fl... (2) Comments and analysis of fl... (2) by e.e. cummings 91 Comments
13373 spring omnipotent goddess Thou Comments and analysis of spring omnipotent goddess Thou by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
13078 kumrads die because they're told) Comments and analysis of kumrads die because they're told) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
13041 yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate... (V) Comments and analysis of yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate... (V) by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
13036 spoke joe to jack... (10) Comments and analysis of spoke joe to jack... (10) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
11612 this evangelist... (XXIX) Comments and analysis of this evangelist... (XXIX) by e.e. cummings 224 Comments
11382 why did you go... (IV) Comments and analysis of why did you go... (IV) by e.e. cummings 247 Comments
11328 suppose... (VIII) Comments and analysis of suppose... (VIII) by e.e. cummings 63 Comments
10831 ordinary wind is winding(cold face blush Comments and analysis of ordinary wind is winding(cold face blush by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
10057 speaking of love(of... (LV) Comments and analysis of speaking of love(of... (LV) by e.e. cummings 4 Comments
9194 when hair falls off and eyes blur And... (L) Comments and analysis of when hair falls off and eyes blur And... (L) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
8463 you shall above all things... (22) Comments and analysis of you shall above all things... (22) by e.e. cummings 34 Comments
8148 yes is a pleasant country... (XXXVIII) Comments and analysis of yes is a pleasant country... (XXXVIII) by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
7948 (and i imagine... (XII) Comments and analysis of (and i imagine... (XII) by e.e. cummings 236 Comments
6651 !blac... (1) Comments and analysis of !blac... (1) by e.e. cummings 703 Comments
6473 Marianne Moore (35) Comments and analysis of Marianne Moore (35) by e.e. cummings 1 Comment
6031 somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond Comments and analysis of somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by e.e. cummings 298 Comments
5720 (Me up at does) Comments and analysis of (Me up at does) by e.e. cummings 176 Comments
5594 when faces called flowers float out of the ground... (67) Comments and analysis of when faces called flowers float out of the ground... (67) by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
5568 proud of his scientific attitude... (13) Comments and analysis of proud of his scientific attitude... (13) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
5121 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 105 Comments
4845 in time of daffodils Comments and analysis of in time of daffodils by e.e. cummings 73 Comments
4815 Seeker Of Truth Comments and analysis of Seeker Of Truth by e.e. cummings 36 Comments
4648 nobody loved this... (4) Comments and analysis of nobody loved this... (4) by e.e. cummings 11 Comments
4586 1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness) Comments and analysis of 1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness) by e.e. cummings 283 Comments
4477 she being Brand... (XIX) Comments and analysis of she being Brand... (XIX) by e.e. cummings 103 Comments
4473 since feeling is first... (VII) Comments and analysis of since feeling is first... (VII) by e.e. cummings 446 Comments
4372 i sing of Olaf glad and big Comments and analysis of i sing of Olaf glad and big by e.e. cummings 311 Comments
4261 anyone lived in a pretty how town Comments and analysis of anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings 951 Comments
4261 "Gay" is the captivating cognomen Comments and analysis of 329 Comments
3816 it may not always be so Comments and analysis of it may not always be so by e.e. cummings 115 Comments
3814 a man who had fallen among thieves Comments and analysis of a man who had fallen among thieves by e.e. cummings 126 Comments
3802 it is at moments after I have dreamed Comments and analysis of it is at moments after I have dreamed by e.e. cummings 89 Comments
3742 because i love you)last night Comments and analysis of because i love you)last night by e.e. cummings 8 Comments
3569 a pretty a day Comments and analysis of a pretty a day by e.e. cummings 10 Comments
3486 all ignorance toboggans into know Comments and analysis of all ignorance toboggans into know by e.e. cummings 277 Comments
3436 if there are any heavens my mother will Comments and analysis of if there are any heavens my mother will by e.e. cummings 50 Comments
3265 my love is building a building... (XII) Comments and analysis of my love is building a building... (XII) by e.e. cummings 11 Comments
3264 mrs... (15)
3258 a total stranger one black day Comments and analysis of a total stranger one black day by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
3182 if you like my poems let them Comments and analysis of if you like my poems let them by e.e. cummings 126 Comments
3119 because it's Comments and analysis of because it's by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
3117 may i feel said he Comments and analysis of may i feel said he by e.e. cummings 191 Comments
3078 in Just- Comments and analysis of in Just- by e.e. cummings 822 Comments
2981 i thank you God for most this amazing Comments and analysis of i thank you God for most this amazing by e.e. cummings 370 Comments
2877 love is a place... (58) Comments and analysis of love is a place... (58) by e.e. cummings 38 Comments
2831 here is little Effie's head Comments and analysis of here is little Effie's head by e.e. cummings 38 Comments
2812 Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal Comments and analysis of Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal by e.e. cummings 279 Comments
2759 l(a Comments and analysis of l(a by e.e. cummings 36 Comments
2734 mr youse needn't be so spry... (XVIII) Comments and analysis of mr youse needn't be so spry... (XVIII) by e.e. cummings 72 Comments
2692 into the strenuous briefness Comments and analysis of into the strenuous briefness by e.e. cummings 206 Comments
2692 into the strenuous briefness
2553 who knows if the moon's... (VII) Comments and analysis of who knows if the moon's... (VII) by e.e. cummings 335 Comments
2484 )when what hugs stopping earth than silent is... (16) Comments and analysis of )when what hugs stopping earth than silent is... (16) by e.e. cummings 14 Comments
2376 guilt is the cause of more disorders Comments and analysis of guilt is the cause of more disorders by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
2348 Doveglion Comments and analysis of Doveglion by e.e. cummings 57 Comments
2295 the boys i mean are not refined Comments and analysis of the boys i mean are not refined by e.e. cummings 333 Comments
2104 up into the silence the green... (41) Comments and analysis of up into the silence the green... (41) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
2074 but the other Comments and analysis of but the other by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
2034 listen... (III) Comments and analysis of listen... (III) by e.e. cummings 15 Comments
1999 but mr can you maybe listen there's Comments and analysis of but mr can you maybe listen there's by e.e. cummings 280 Comments
1974 now what were motionless move(exists no... (89) Comments and analysis of now what were motionless move(exists no... (89) by e.e. cummings 30 Comments
1897 you being in love... (XII) Comments and analysis of you being in love... (XII) by e.e. cummings 284 Comments
1817 who sharpens every dull... (26) Comments and analysis of who sharpens every dull... (26) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
1799 dead every enourmous piece Comments and analysis of dead every enourmous piece by e.e. cummings 23 Comments
1799 Humanity i love you Comments and analysis of Humanity i love you by e.e. cummings 584 Comments
1772 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 399 Comments
1666 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 89 Comments
1666 buy me an ounce and i'll sell you a pound.
1615 Snow Comments and analysis of Snow by e.e. cummings 121 Comments
1606 i am a little church Comments and analysis of i am a little church by e.e. cummings 286 Comments
1534 Where's Madge then, Comments and analysis of Where's Madge then, by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
1517 warped this perhapsy... (9) Comments and analysis of warped this perhapsy... (9) by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
1488 Epithalamion Comments and analysis of Epithalamion by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
1458 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 270 Comments
1399 Buffalo Bill's Comments and analysis of Buffalo Bill's by e.e. cummings 437 Comments
1345 when serpents bargain for the right to squirm... (22) Comments and analysis of when serpents bargain for the right to squirm... (22) by e.e. cummings 34 Comments
1321 youful... (17) Comments and analysis of youful... (17) by e.e. cummings 43 Comments
1307 this is the garden: colours come and go,... (IX) Comments and analysis of this is the garden: colours come and go,... (IX) by e.e. cummings 11 Comments
1170 am was. Comments and analysis of am was. by e.e. cummings 71 Comments
1167 my mind is... (XXV) Comments and analysis of my mind is... (XXV) by e.e. cummings 34 Comments
1167 i carry your heart with me Comments and analysis of i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings 849 Comments
1084 i am so glad and very Comments and analysis of i am so glad and very by e.e. cummings 286 Comments
1060 next to of course god america i... (III) Comments and analysis of next to of course god america i... (III) by e.e. cummings 388 Comments
1054 Spring is like a perhaps hand Comments and analysis of Spring is like a perhaps hand by e.e. cummings 67 Comments
893 flotsam and jetsam Comments and analysis of flotsam and jetsam by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
892 Picasso... (XXIII) Comments and analysis of Picasso... (XXIII) by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
879 Now i lay(with everywhere around)... (44) Comments and analysis of Now i lay(with everywhere around)... (44) by e.e. cummings 9 Comments
867 there is a here and... (19)
838 now does our world descend... Comments and analysis of now does our world descend... by e.e. cummings 27 Comments
803 when life is quite through with... (II) Comments and analysis of when life is quite through with... (II) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
732 I Am A Beggar Always Comments and analysis of I Am A Beggar Always by e.e. cummings 278 Comments
706 my father moved through dooms of love Comments and analysis of my father moved through dooms of love by e.e. cummings 95 Comments
668 this(let's remember)day died again and...
636 my sweet old etcetera... (X) Comments and analysis of my sweet old etcetera... (X) by e.e. cummings 49 Comments
601 pity this busy monster,manunkind... (XIV) Comments and analysis of pity this busy monster,manunkind... (XIV) by e.e. cummings 80 Comments
590 of all the blessings which to man... (IV) Comments and analysis of of all the blessings which to man... (IV) by e.e. cummings 36 Comments
556 2 little whos Comments and analysis of 2 little whos by e.e. cummings 544 Comments
553 lily has a rose Comments and analysis of lily has a rose by e.e. cummings 6 Comments
546 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 54 Comments
538 my girl's tall with hard long eyes... (XIX) Comments and analysis of my girl's tall with hard long eyes... (XIX) by e.e. cummings 18 Comments
471 ecco a letter starting"dearest we" Comments and analysis of ecco a letter starting 2 Comments
458 as freedom is a breakfastfood Comments and analysis of as freedom is a breakfastfood by e.e. cummings 40 Comments
438 six... (21) Comments and analysis of six... (21) by e.e. cummings 2 Comments
403 the Noster was a ship of swank... (8) Comments and analysis of the Noster was a ship of swank... (8) by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
399 All in green went my love riding Comments and analysis of All in green went my love riding by e.e. cummings 62 Comments
340 Of Nicolette Comments and analysis of Of Nicolette by e.e. cummings 3 Comments
166 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
161 dying is fine)but Death Comments and analysis of dying is fine)but Death by e.e. cummings 143 Comments
95 i shall imagine life Comments and analysis of i shall imagine life by e.e. cummings 23 Comments
63 n(o)w... Comments and analysis of n(o)w... by e.e. cummings 28 Comments
49 red-rag and pink-flag... (11) Comments and analysis of red-rag and pink-flag... (11) by e.e. cummings 7 Comments
45 O sweet spontaneous Comments and analysis of O sweet spontaneous by e.e. cummings 5 Comments
24 may my heart always be open to little... (19) Comments and analysis of may my heart always be open to little... (19) by e.e. cummings 95 Comments
18 Tumbling-hair/ picker of buttercups/ violets... (V) Comments and analysis of Tumbling-hair/ picker of buttercups/ violets... (V) by e.e. cummings 273 Comments
16 when god lets my body be Comments and analysis of when god lets my body be by e.e. cummings 85 Comments
15 if everything happens that can't be done Comments and analysis of if everything happens that can't be done by e.e. cummings 310 Comments


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