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

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