Edward Estlin Cummings Essay

Edward Estlin Cummings
A review of the life and literary style of the novelist E. E. Cummings
# 27078 | 2,583 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on May 25, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Literature (American)

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This paper is a biography of the life and career of Edward Estlin Cummings, the twentieth century poet, playwright, novelist and artist. It describes his life from his birth in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1894 through his childhood, education at Harvard and his experiences during World War I. It discusses how Cummings was a man of many talents-- a poet, a novelist and an artist and how he was also a voice, as all writers eventually become. It looks at how he stood for the freedom of the individual and how he expressed this through all of his works. It shows how in his poems he basically broke every law of grammatical structure known to language in and twisted the lyrical phrases around for the effect of both creativity and statement and in his art he did it by just the freedom and abstract design of his ingenuity transformed into what he painted.

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"Some of the rather influential voices that played a role in both Estlin's writing and art forms included many modern, known people. Early in his career, Estlin looked to William Shakespeare to enlighten him on the art of developing sonnets. He admired Shakespeare's "intensity" to make art what it is. He took this intensity and incorporated it into and molded his sonnets after Shakespearian ideas, so to speak. These turned out to be some of the finest sonnets of our century. Estlin wrote them in a way as to "celebrate love, savagely ridiculing human stupidity, and recording his pilgrimage to the transcendental" (Unger 433)."

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