|1894–1962 - a man who hated|
to use the capital letters.
i'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not should to danceby e. e. cummings.
the abbreviated form of his name often written by others in all lowercase letters as e. e. cummings, was an american poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. his body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems,
like this one:
i like my body when it is with youra cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words. sure, cummings decided to become a poet when he was still a child.
body. It is so quite new a thing.
muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smoothness and which i will ...
when he was age from eight to twenty-two, he wrote a poem a day, exploring many traditional poetic forms.
we know, at Harvard in 1916 he began to write avant-garde poems in which conventional punctuation and syntax were ignored in favor of a dynamic use of language.
(i will do something like that same)
cummings also experimented with poems as visual objects on the page. these early efforts were included in Eight Harvard Poets, a collection of poems by members of the Harvard Poetry Society.
... again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….and eyes big love-crumbs,and possibly i like the thrillof under me you so quite new