Born: October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts Read name is Edward Estlin Cummings Died September 3, 1962
Began writing poems in 1904 Graduated from Harvard with his B.A. and M.A. First poem published in 1920 in a collection titled Eight Harvard Poets
FUN FACTS: Studied Latin and Greek. Was a volunteer ambulance driver in WWI. He was also jailed in a prison camp on suspicion of spying. Is known for the lack of use in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and structure. He is the second most read poet in the United States.
FAMOUS WORKS: [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] i have found what you are like (and i imagine anyone lived in a pretty how town in Just- in time of daffodils
WHAT PEOPLE SAYS: “What ever the real meaning, it cannot be denied that this poet’s command of language was great enough to almost reinvent it.” “Cummings is visually inventive.” “…left a more distinctive mark on the wall of modern poetry…” “…confusing [form] and therefore interesting reading.”
QUOTES FROM CUMMINGS: “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”