Since I posted a poem I wrote based on Cummings works, I decided to make a post with some information about this wonderful poet.
- E.E. Cummings real name was Edward Estlin Cummings
- He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, 2 autobiographical novels, 4 plays and several essays
- He joined World War 1, with his college friend John Dos Passos, in 1917
- In 1926, his father died in a car accident, and his mother injured. This incident inspired Cumming to start writing poetry
- Since Cummings was very young, he showed great talent with unconventional writing and style.
- Many of his poems were controversial. One of his most controversial poems comes from the volume Xaipe: Seventy-One Poems. It goes like this:
one day a nigger
- caught in his hand
- a little star no bigger
- than not to understand
“i’ll never let you go
- until you’ve made me white”
- so she did and now
- stars shine at night.
- a kike is the most dangerous
- machine as yet invented
- by even yankee ingenu
- ity(out of a jew a few
- dead dollars and some twisted laws)
- it comes both prigged and canted
- Information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings