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Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. 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" [24]. 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.

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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 " [28]. 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" [29] which features words such as "mud-luscious", "puddle-wonderful", and "eddieandbill. Literary critic R. 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.

Fellow poet Edna St. Vincent Millay , in her equivocal letter recommending Cummings for the Guggenheim Fellowship he was awarded in , expressed her frustration at his opaque symbolism. What I propose, then, is this: that you give Mr.

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Cummings enough rope. He may hang himself; or he may lasso a unicorn. Many of Cummings' poems are satirical and address social issues [33] but have an equal or even stronger bias toward romanticism: time and again his poems celebrate love, sex, and the season of rebirth. 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.

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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. Santa Claus: 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.

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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. Jon Grossman that he preferred the use of upper case for the particular edition they were working on. Cummings can be safely capitalized; it was one of his publishers, not he himself, who lowercased his name. In , modern dancer and choreographer Jean Erdman presented "The Transformations of Medusa, Forever and Sunsmell" with a commissioned score by John Cage and a spoken text from the title poem by E.

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Cummings, sponsored by the Arts Club of Chicago. Erdman also choreographed "Twenty Poems" , a cycle of E. Cummings' poems for eight dancers and one actor, with a commissioned score by Teiji Ito. He was nuts, the grown ups said. Yeah munch on peanuts brunch on hazelnuts Ah lunch on pecan nuts or crunch on chestnuts For nuts could never drive one nuts Ironically nutters perhaps never ate them A nutcase perhaps never pried open a nut from its case as nuts could never ever fall from grace Any nut brown eyes shouldn't miss them.

Nuts are an anytime anywhere snack Do travel with 'em' in your backpack Savour the taste of salted groundnuts or roasted peanuts I even see locals munch on round kola nuts. Western walnuts are tasty too and acorns ain't just for squirrels in forests or the zoo Enjoy the crunchy East African cashews Snack on slivered Indian almonds or even Persian pistachios Ahem well rhyming this poem was sure quite a tough nut to crack ; Rhyming was tough for this nutty crunchy snack Besides there's so many of them I can't just put em' all in a nutshell I can only hope and wish you enjoy this nutty tale I tell.

But I do hope to have offered all the nuts and bolts on nut variety And now nothing else can rhyme here except its creator the Almighty And this poem be as well for all poetry nuts for don't all of you poets have such poetic guts? A word in caveat now, yeah go on crack those nuts but take care not to crack your canines Pray protect your pearly whites Your very own precious stalactites those right inside your facial cave mines and lest with cavity holes you whine. Your poem is full of tasty crunchy images and enjoyable as nuts and crunch are with some nice puns.

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Report Reply. The advice at the end is an icing to this delectable sweetpie of nuts! Hahaha nice play of words, thank you for share! Have also found a great deal of truth here: For nuts could never drive one nuts. Yes, nuts are one of the great food good for brain, taken regulary in moderation, may keep us away from the need of a shrink.