There are well selected samples of poems showing his development as a poet. In the Coda to her new biography of E. Cummings was not to marry Elaine until 1924, after she and Thayer divorced. Readers gravitate toward biography partly for this precise reason: it reassures us that our lives are not so different than those of our favorite personalities by demonstrating how their lives were not so different from our own. By Webster, Michael, Spring 9 2000. Other times I would have welcomed an explanation. Both men idolized youth and saw that youth had a purity that was missing later in life.
He was precocious: started Harvard where he earned 2 degrees when he was 16. Lowell was the Harvard president who instituted a quota system that aimed at keeping Jewish students a small minority. He loved naked women, was addicted to striptease and burlesque theater. I always find it fascinating when authors meet their subjects outside of writing a biography and Susan did as Cummings spoke at her high school 1958. Should poems and books be understood in a vacuum--in the historical silence in which a writer connects viscerally and spiritually with a reader? He succeeded masterfully in splitting the atom of the cute commonplace. Cheevers captures the life and the mind of the poet.
They had they own ghetto in Radcliffe. Love is the propelling force behind a great body of his poetry. Cummings, this book offers a good introduction, including a bit of poetry and personal correspondence. And he was a bohemian who wanted to shake off the rigidity of the Cambridge society he grew up in. Three stars because it piqued my interest in Cummings and his world, but not a really good or well written biography. Such activities led in September of 1917 to their being held on suspicion of treason and sent to an internment camp in Normandy for questioning.
But in the past few years some interest has been rekindled. The cultured aristocrat yanked out of his hyperexclusively ultravoluptuous superpalazzo… 1967 Words 8 Pages research paper is going to be about E. Perhaps we shouldn't read biographies of artists we admire. Cummings: The Art of His Poetry. If you believe an Independent.
A brief introduction from the Academy of American Poets. Him consisted of a sequence of skits drawing from burlesque, the circus, and the avant-garde, and jumping quickly from tragedy to grotesque comedy. That is a biographer's prerogative of course, but I did not like it. Even though the writing is somewhat choppy and repetitive, I learned quite a bit about the poet from E. It was only in the 1940s and '50s, with a burgeoning counterculture, that his style of writing came to be more favored by the masses and he gave live readings before full houses.
He spent a large portion of his life in his birth state, Massachusetts, although certain life events lead him beyond the United States. In many ways, Cummings needs this kind of treatment, because he was not only the first American modernist, he was - arguably - the only American modernist. His unique ideas and various poetic devices that were included in his poetry induced him to be one of the most remembered poets of modern day time. This continues to hold true with Cummings life as I was constantly surprised and rewarded by glimpses into friendships, encounters, and discussions between famous or slightly famous people that popped in and out of this life. We see Cummings—slight, agile, playful, a product of a nineteenth-century New England childhood, bred to be flinty and determined; his love of nature; his sense of fun, laughter, mimicry; his desire from the get-go to stand conventional wisdom on its head, which he himself would often do, literally, to amuse. He grew into a dark young man and set out on a lifelong course of rebellion against conventional authority and the critical establishment, devouring the poetry of Ezra Pound, whose radical verses pushed Cummings away from the politeness of the traditional nature poem toward a more adventurous, sexually conscious form.
Dupee and George Stade, Harcourt, 1969. However, his anti-Semitic poetry still left me very troubled. There is going to be three poems that are going to be a critical analyzed for the literary devices used and the type of poem in the three poems. His apparent descent from outer space and fleeting time on the scene creates an enigma that isn't explained by the two or three poems we're treated to as undergrads. This work cannot be fully appreciated by someone who can not recognize what is being said by this analysis. Ambulance work was a popular choice with those who, like Cummings, considered themselves to be pacifists.
And he thinks that being depressed is just a part of him. I wonder how much force was behind that word 'hate' used in the book. Cummings, but her attempt at interpretation falls short no pun intended for these 190 pages. They were reunited when Nancy was in her late twenties, but their fitful attempts to truly connect were clearly a source of pain for Cummings. Cummings was born into a life of privilege in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yes, and he was irresponsible.