Poet and novelist, e.e. cummings, was born in Cambridge, MA in 1894 and died in 1962 in North Conway, New Hampshire. He first began writing poems when he was in elementary school. Later both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Harvard introduced him to advant garde writers who influenced him significantly. Cummings became known himself for his “experimental” style that included a departure from traditional form, punctuation, spelling and syntax.
Sometimes criticized that eventually his poetry did not evolve beyond his experimental style, Cummings’ poems nevertheless captivated people, making him a fairly well known and popular poet during his lifetime. He was the recipient of a number of honors and grants.
To commemorate today being Easter Sunday and the first few weeks of spring with the world in bloom, this is an e. e. cummings poem that carries with it that feeling of rebirth:
i thank you God for most this amazing
I thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)