How were E.E. Cummings’ poems influenced by the time he lived in?


One of the most prolific and experimental poets of the twentieth century, Cumming cultivated a distinct style. He re-imagined the rules of grammar and even invented his own words. He is known for being weird and at times impossible to understand. He’s also a romantic whose body of work consists largely of love poems, like “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in.” In this poem, E.E. Cummings’ style is unique and highly visual. It forces a certain rhythm into the poem when you read aloud. The poem is simply saying that our life only has meaning because of love, but where did all of Cummings’ poems come from? What influenced them?

E.E. Cummings was a prominent American poet who is remember for his unique, but avant-garde style of poetry. Cummings was born into a Christian family. He practiced a “one-person” understanding of God, which led to transcendental learning his entire life. By the time he was in Harvard, modern poetry caught his interest, which eventually led to his “avant-garde” reputation. 


Throughout his life, Cummings would travel to many countries. He stayed in Paris when he enlisted to serve. His love for the city ended up becoming the main focus for many of his works in addition to his poetry. 


To answer the question myself, Cummings had multiple talents in literature, one being he was an artist. I think that’s one reason he wrote the way he did. He wanted his poems to look like different, like art. He also experienced war, the roaring twenties, the great depression, and the lack of intellectualism in certain countries. These experiences were often always found in works he wrote. 



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