E. Cummings '' The Enormous Room'

1519 Words 7 Pages
On October 14th, 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rebecca Haswell and Edward Cummings gave birth to Edward Estlin Cummings. However, the world would ultimately know him as E. E. Cummings, the poet that wandered away from the norms of modern society and made astonishing innovations in the realm of poetry through his experimentations with syntax, grammar, punctuation, spacing, and typography. Like every notable literary figure, E.E. Cummings applied his life experiences and influences to his work, helping establish him as one of America’s most distinguished modernist writers. Cummings grew up in a wealthy family that held strong liberal and tradition opinions that influenced his early works. Edwards Cummings, a Harvard professor and Unitarian …show more content…
Brown and Cummings endured three days of interrogation before the French government delivered them to a concentration camp. During his four months of incarceration, Cummings wrote his first autobiographical work, The Enormous Room. In this book, Cummings expressed his opposition to the systems that did him wrong: the French government for jailing an innocent man and the American government for leaving him out to dry . The Enormous Room served as another representation of Cummings’ stubborn independence, for he made the central theme of the book romantic individualism against oppression and …show more content…
When Cummings finally returned home, they continued their affair as if no time had passed. Despite his deep love for Elaine, Cummings experienced tremendous guilt regarding the affair. Cummings found himself caught between the love for a beautiful women and the loyalty to a long-time friend. He often used writing to release his confined feelings of guilt and disgust. Despite his guilt, Cummings continued on with the affair, and he eventually fathered a child with Elaine. Elaine gave birth to their daughter, Nancy, on December 20, 1919. Elaine later divorced Thayer and married Cummings in 1924. The beginning of Cummings’ marriage to Elaine and the early years of Nancy’s life proved a euphoric time for Cummings; surrounded by the two people he loved the most, poems began pouring out of him that illustrated this blissful time in his life. Unfortunately, Cummings’ happiness did not last forever. Elaine fell in love with another man and called off the marriage. Devastated by the loss of his love, Cummings turned suicidal and threatened to kill himself multiple times. However, he could never follow through on his threats from fear of leaving his daughter without a father. Elaine and her new husband permanently moved to Ireland, taking Nancy with them. Cummings would later discover that Elaine never told Nancy the true identity of her father and completely erased

Related Documents