E.E. Cummings

Born: October 14, 1894
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Edward Estlin Cumming was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings. He is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th century poetry. He was born into a Unitarian family, son of Edward Cummings and Rebecca Haswell Clarke. He exhibited transcendental leanings his entire life. He will be forever know as a great poet.

Many of E.E. Cummings poems were sonnets but he also made other kinds of poetry. While some of his poetry is free verse (with no concern for rhyme or meter), many have a recognizable sonnet structure of 14 lines, with an intricate rhyme scheme. Cummings's poetry often deals with themes of love and nature, as well as the relationship of the individual to the masses and to the world.  Many of Cumming's poems are very famous and will continue to impact many people.

A stanza from a pretty a day by E. E. Cummings

a pretty a day
(and every fades)
is here and away
(but born are maids
to flower an hour
in all,all)