|"To be nobody but
yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--
means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop
fighting." -- e.e. cummings
Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 14, 1894. He earned a BA from Harvard and volunteered to go to France during World War I with the Ambulance Corps. After the war, he stayed in Paris, writing and painting, and later returned to the US. He died in Conway, New Hampshire, in 1962. Cummings is one of the most innovative contemporary poets, though in some ways is oddly traditional. He drops or distorts punctuation and syntax, but at the same time uses rhymes and off-rhymes more characteristic of earlier styles. Cummings published more than nine hundred poems and other works. So go and buy the books... they are well worth it. Here are the first lines of a select few:
Once Like A Spark, first line "If strangers meet"
Untitled, first line "l(a", commonly thought of as 'Leaf'
It's always a pleasure to see an e. e. cummings fan !