E.E. Cummings


E.E. Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts as Edward Estlin Cummings. He was born into a Unitarian family and went through WWI and WWII. Ever since he was little he wanted to become a poet. He started writing poems when he was about eight years old. He went to Harvard and had interest in poetry, English and grammar. In 1918 he got married for a brief time to Elaine Orr. A little while after they divorces. Then he got married a second time to Anne Minnerly. A while later they got a Mexican divorce that was not known to the United States. He was known for his unusual writing style.

E.E. Cummings started writing when he was eight years old. He kept books of the poems he wrote. Ever since he was young he dreamed of being a poet. He went to Harvard University and after graduating he became a book dealer. He had an interest in modern poetry, which ignored a lot of grammar and things, since he was young. Despite some twist in his writing most of the sonnets he wrote are traditional poems. He had a passion for poems and he shows it in his work.


If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn’t a lie,
Life would be delight,—
But things couldn’t go right
For in such a sad plight
I wouldn’t be I.

If earth was heaven and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
There might be some sense
But I’d be in suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn’t be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
Things would seem fair,—
Yet they’d all despair,
For if here was there
We wouldn’t be we.

E.E. Cummings