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The Legacy of E.E. Cummings Essay

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Edward Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1894. His father was a professor at Harvard, leading Cummings to attend Harvard from 1911-1915 (Poetry for Students vol.3). In a young age Cummings showed a strong interest in poetry and art. His first published poems appeared in the anthology "Eight Harvard poets" in 1917. During WW1 Cummings volunteered for the French-based ambulance service and he also spent four years at an internment camp at Normandy on suspicion of treason (Poetry for Students vol.3). When Cummings returned to New York, he chased painting but had been drafted in 1918. During the 1920's and the 1930's Cummings traveled across Europe, creating careers in painting and poetry. He published his first poetry collection, "Tulips and Chimneys", in 1923(Poetry for Students vol.3). He continued to compose steadily throughout the 1940's and 1950's, receiving many awards, and he continued to compose poetry till his departure. Cummings illustrated many unique styles in his writings, such as the poems "Old Age Sticks", "l(a", and "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May", and how each poem impacted the art of literature. Time stands still and there's absolutely no way to rewind, "Old Age Sticks" is a poem that was published in a time of significant political, social, and cultural change (Poetry for Students vol.3). In the common perspective of the 1950's, the interval is characterized by the stress and suspicion of the cold war. The misreading of the poetry could sign up at a disdain for old age. The broken lines leave the reader wondering exactly what "old era" sticks with, whom, or what? The individual words/letters give the reader a chance to make assumptions. The reader learns that "old age sticks up 'keep off' signals"(Poetry for Students vol.3). He capitali...

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