EE Cummings was and is still one of the most well-regarded and unique poets of all time. His poems were unusual, but his strange way of writing is what grabbed people’s attention and made him so special. Many incidents in Cummings’ life affected his poetry, his experiences and his personality, which could clearly be observed in the poems he wrote. Cummings became such a well-known poet due to the effect of his life events on his poetry, his peculiar writing style and his strong connection with the topics of love and lust. The struggles and successes of his life developed his poetry in a huge manner.
EE Cummings lived during a very eventful and historic era. He was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When he was a kid, his mother instilled a love of language and play into him, beginning his journey of poetry. Owing to his mother, he began writing poems at the age of 10 and he studied Latin and Greek, which would later improve his knowledge and use of the English language. His early exposure to the world of poetry strengthened his love for it and made it such a huge part of his life. By starting at a young age, he was able to progress a lot and continuously improve his writing. He grew a passion for writing and putting all his thoughts and emotions on paper because he was able to express his feelings. After high school, he went on to get Bachelors in Art and a Masters in Art at the age of 22, both from Harvard. Exploring the English language and the art of poetry made his adoration for it even stronger. This is because he was able to dive deeper into the world of arts and learn everything there is to find out about it. He took all this knowledge and information that he had learned and applied it to publish a selection a selection of poems in the anthology Eight Harvard poets, just one year after he graduated. All the things he acquired in the course of his youth guided him to success.
Cummings’ time in prison was the event that affected his writing the most. In 1917, Cummings was appointed in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps during World War 1 in France. While he was there, he befriended a fellow ambulance driver who would turn out to be an outspoken pacifist. When the French censors found mentions of “war-weariness” in Brown’s letters home, they recommended both be arrested. Cummings could’ve easily been released but out of loyalty to his friend, he refused to profess his hatred for all Germans. His time in prison became the inspiration behind his first official work, which was an autobiographical novel called “The Enormous Room”. The title of the book took its name from the huge barracks in France where Cummings slept with thirty other prisoners. In this book, he wrote about his time and prison and all his feelings while he was there. After he wrote his first book, he changed courses and entered the world of poetry.
The way EE Cummings wrote his poetry is the main reason why he was such a unique poet. In almost all his...