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This English 102 assignment prompted us to identify a poet's influences and determine if the poet had an impact. The presumption was an impact upon literature. Amazingly enough, I never looked at Cummings in any depth prior to this paper. In fact, I don't even recall ever reading any of his poems prior to researching this paper.
I had some trouble with this paper early on. The prompt mentioned that we should not give a "report" on the poet. To me that meant we should not give much attention to the poet's biography. Well, the paper I was writing gave way too much detail to Cummings' time in France, Russia, his childhood, and his affair with Elaine Orr. Setting the paper aside for a week then looking at the prompt again, I discovered my "feeling" was 100% accurate. The end result of the rewrite is what you see here.