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Sunday, October 14, 2018

'Painting' life with his words


“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” e. e. cummings

Today is the 114th anniversary of the birth of cummings, who authored some 2,900 poems, 2 autobiographical novels, 4 plays and several essays in his eventful and event-filled lifetime.


Some of his poems are free verse (with no concern for rhyme or meter), but many have a recognizable sonnet structure of 14 lines, with an intricate rhyme scheme. A number of his poems feature a typographically exuberant style, with words, parts of words, or punctuation symbols scattered across the page, and needing to be read aloud in order to clarify his meanings and emotions.  Also a painter, Cummings understood the importance of presentation, and used typography to "paint a picture" with some of his poems.
  
While he was not without controversy in his life and 

political leanings (he was a staunch supporter of 
Joseph McCarthy, for example), there’s little doubt 
that he is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th century literature.
Check out Hello Poetry  http://hellopoetry.com/e-e-cummings/ to see some Cummings’ poems, including many showing his unique "paint a word picture" style. 
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
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I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.
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I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/e_e_cummings
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