E. E. CUMMINGS

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Author, Painter, Poet

AmericanBorn Edward Estlin CUMMINGS

American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright

Born on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , United States

Died on September 3, 1962 in Madison, New Hampshire, USA

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Edward Estlin Cummings was born to Robert Cummings and Whelma Haswell Clarke, who were Unitarian. He exhibited transcendental leanings his entire life. As he grew in maturity and age, Cummings moved more toward an "I, Thou" relationship with God. His journals are replete with references to "le bon Dieu," as well as prayers for inspiration in his poetry and artwork (such as “Bon Dieu! may I some day do something truly great. amen.”). Cummings "also prayed for strength to be his essential self ('may I be I is the only prayer—not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong'), and for relief of spirit in times of depression ('almighty God! I thank thee for my soul; & may I never die spiritually into a mere mind through disease of loneliness')."



Cummings wanted to be a poet from childhood and wrote poetry daily aged 8 to 22, exploring assorted forms. He went to Harvard and developed an interest in modern poetry which ignored conventional grammar and syntax, aiming for a dynamic use of language. Upon graduating, he worked for a book dealer.

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