October 14, 1894 - September 3, 1962
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Edward Estlin Cummings was the son of Edward Cummings and Rebecca Haswell Clarke. Cummings wanted to be a poet since he was a kid and wrote poetry daily from age 8 to 22. He went to Harvard and developed an interest in modern poetry, which aimed for a dynamic use of language. In 1917, he enrolled to the army to fight in WWI. During WWI, Cummings wrote many things including The Enormous Room. Cummings used his prison experience as the basis for his novel.

When his collection of Tulips and Chimneys and XLI Poems was published, Cummings made his reputation as an avant garde poet. He also grew into a painter, essayist, author, and playwright.

since feeling is first

since feeling is first

who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis