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  • 1. The Artist Behind the Poetry
    By: Joshua Hinson
    E. E. Cummings
  • 2. Cummings poetry is best known for unconventional
    use of capitalization and punctuation.
    The visual arrangements of his poetry
    is also sometimes unusual.
    His poetic form ranges anywhere from
    traditional to terse form.
    His technique…
  • 3. Cummings was said to be particularly concerned
    with the visual elements of his poems.
    Him also being an artist lead to
    his fascination with the visual
    effect of his poetry.
    His vision…
  • 4. He said of himself, “…I am abnormally
    fond of the precision which creates movement.”
  • 5. Cummings was a visionary who saw
    every opportunity as a chance to
    try something new.
    Whether it be lack of punctuation
    or mixed lower and upper-case letters.
  • 6. A studier of E. E. Cummings’ poetry,
    Rushworth M. Kidder, feels that there is a
    method to reading his poetry.
    He has developed seven steps to
    help readers better understand what
    Cummings is saying in between his words.
    Reading his poetry…
  • 7. Seven steps….
    1. Treat each stanza as its’ own separate unit.
    2. Insert punctuation and capitalization where it best fits.
    3. Add words in order to complete the main thought.
    4. Rearrange the words.
    5. Connect the fragments line to line.
    6. Take special consideration with parenthesis found within the poem.
    7. Pay close attention to the context of the poem.
  • 8. Let’s now take a look at some of his poetry.
  • 9. !blac
  • 10. !blac
    k
    agains
    t
    (whi)
    te sky
    ? t
    reeswhic
    h fr
    om
    droppe
    d
    ,
    le
    af
    a:;go
    e
    s wh
    IrlI
    n
    .g
  • 11. When reading “!blac”, by adding in
    some punctuation as well as removing
    some the poem is much easier to read.
    Also, the addition and rearranging of words
    help to better understand the poem.
    By doing these things the poem reads much smoother.
  • 12. Black against white sky?
    Trees, which from a dropped leaf
    goes whirling.
    By making those small changes,
    the poem makes a lot more sense.
    The poem now reads…
  • 13. when god decided to invent
  • 14. when god decided to invent
    everything he took one
    breath bigger than a circustent
    and everything began
    when man decided to destroy
    himself he picked the was
    of shall and finding only why
    smashed it into because
  • 15. With this particular poem, it is
    necessary to piece the poem together
    line by line.
    Also, adding proper punctuation and
    capitalization helps the poem to flow correctly.
  • 16. When God decided to invent everything,
    he took one breath,
    bigger than a circus tent
    and everything began.
    When man decided to destroy himself,
    he picked the was of shall,
    and finding only why,
    smashed it into because.
    The poem now reads…
  • 17. According to a gentleman named Gary Lane
    who has studied Cummings poetry,
    states what the final stanza
    of the poem really means.
    He says that the self-destruction of man
    is accomplished by the need to explain rather
    than experience. Finding only questions,
    man angrily smashed them into
    the “because”, the answer that he craves.
  • 18. E. E. Cummings poetry is of
    such great mystery and intrigue.
    One cannot simply read straight through
    his poetry and know the whole touch.
    Cummings is a poet who deserves
    a much closer look into his work.
    The finishing touches…

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