E. E. Cummings: A Conformist, not a Rebel
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This paper discusses the life and work of E.E. Cummings and presets the thesis that despite and contrary to the common perception held of him, Cummings was not a rebel of modern poetry; he was a conformist. The paper uses his love poetry to provide evidence that Cummings is a poet whose subject matter is wholly traditional and who does not deserve the reputation as a rebel.
From the Paper:"The editors of the Norton Anthology of American Literature write that Cummings "built a reputation as author of a particularly agreeable kind of modernist poetry, distinguished by clever formal innovation, a tender lyricism, and the thematic celebration of individuals against mass society" (1448). This passage is illustrative in many ways. First, the word "agreeable" seems something of a white flag, a consolation prize. Doesn't great poetry, the kind which stirs an age and stands as an artistic pinnacle, have something of a more ringing superlative than agreeable? I don't believe that the editors chose the word to be underhanded. After all, it is true that Cummings enjoyed popularity and fame for an astonishing long period of time. In his book E. E. Cummings: The Magic-Maker, Charles Norman writes: "He has lived in this quarter of New York four decades...and he has been celebrated virtually all that time, for he leapt into fame with the first number of The Dial I January, 1920" (Norman 4)."
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