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Friday, October 15, 2021

It’s A Balancing Act


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e.e. cummings

After I took this photo on a trek into the Rocky Mountains this e.e. cummings quote just seemed apropos as a “descriptive” phrase.  
Cummings, born Oct. 14, 1894, wrote some 2,900 poems, 2 autobiographical novels, 4 plays and several essays.
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.

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