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Cummings throws that idea out the door.


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Ee cummings life is no parenthesis

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night
and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest
battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.

-- E. E. Cummings

EE Cummings s poems contain tricks that, nearly a century on, still feel fresh.

Archibald MacLeish, in "Ars Poetica," created the image of "an empty doorway and a fallen leaf" and made of it an objective correlative for all the history of grief." But instead of trying to evoke sadness or sympathy, Cummings is playing with us and making his poem an elaborate typographical pun.

E.E. Cummings Quotes (Author of 100 Selected Poems)

The key word "loneliness" is broken by a parenthesis containing fragments which, when assembled, read "a leaf falls." There is something lonely about the image of a single falling leaf.

E. E. Cummings's Parentheses: Punctuation as Poetic Device

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    The closing parenthesis in my scheme is the falling leaf of line one which has turned around in flight.

  • Cummings wrote almost 3000 poems ..

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