Analysis Of E. E. Cummings

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Know a man in the early 1900’s known for his poems written with incorrect spelling and punctuation? Then you would be thinking about E. E. Cummings! E. E. Cummings was birthed upon the world as Edward Estlin Cummings in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. He developed a unique style of writing at an early age, being influenced by both Impressionism and Cubism, and grew up to study at Harvard University. The poet would become a famous writer, but while he was alive, his work was mostly left unnoticed because of his different direction when it came to literature. How did a “radically” different poet of his generation use unorthodox writing techniques never tried before to gain exposure and eventual fame for his poems? E. E. Cummings would use visual …show more content…
For example, in the poem “L(a)”(Doc A), the poet wrote his poem with a sentence inside a set of parenthesis and a lot of spacing. The only punctuation is the set of parenthesis and the multiple spacing breaks the words apart, making the poem hard to read. Inside the set of parenthesis, the sentence reads “a leaf falls” while outside the set of parenthesis, the word is “loneliness”. E. E. Cummings continued to use visual techniques such as spelling, spacing and the linking of works only to separate again to convey the feeling of broken solitude in the poem “L(a)”. We are meant to see a leaf falling into a pit of darkness of loneliness and we can feel the pain just by seeing the words on the …show more content…
E. Cummings recycling these sound techniques to his advantage is in the poem “O the sun comes up-up-up in the opening”(Doc D), where he wrote his poem with song-like rhyming and made up words. The poem kind of reminds those who read it of the sound “Old McDonald Had A Farm”. Anyways, there are mythical animals doing unusual things in the poem like “grintgrunt wugglewiggle chumpychumps” or “scritch(...) and the ree ray roh rowster shouts - rawrOO” and the words in the poem actually rhyme like a children’s rhyming book. The reader would have to read it in a singsong exaggerated like voice. The struggling poet put these auditory techniques such as rhyming and made up animals to use for the reader to hear the onomatopoeia of the poem “O the sun comes up-up-up in the

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