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E. E. Cummings

poetry project

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on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings O
nly this
darkness (in
whom always i
do nothing) deepens
with wind (and hark
begins to

Rain) a

like shape
stirs through (not
or as lovers a
chieve oneness) each
Selves i
the rain) un
til against my
(where three dreams live) fore
heading is stumbling
someone (named


g can


the m



s / v / v / v
who are you, little i

/ v / v /
(five or six years old)
/ v / v /
peering from some high

/ v / v /
window; at the gold

/ v / v / v
of november sunset

/ v / v / v
(and feeling: that if day
/ v / v /
has to become night

/ v / v / v /
this is a beautiful way)
The Green wood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, Jeffrey Gray and James McCorkle

Works Cited famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/e_e_cummings 73 Poems by E. E. Cummings, George James Firmage SIFT!
Biography of E. E. Cummings
(Edward Estlin)
When did he become a poet?
Who/ what influenced him? Did he have formal training, education or a mentor? Is he part of a literary movement or a lone wolf using bold and new techniques? He attended private and public schools in Cambridge and went to Cambridge Latin School and Harvard. His mother acted as a mentor to him and encouraged him to write and draw. father and his death
usually wrote in free verse or sonnet
visual shaping of poems
personal grammar
the breaking up and putting together of words
Romanticism vs. Modernism

he started writing at 10 some early poems and stories were published in the Cambridge Review Born October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
was the son of Edward and Rebecca Cummings.
He had a daughter named Nancy with Elaine who was already legally married to Cumming's mentor and friend.
Most of his time was spent drawing and writing plays and poems.
died September 3, 1962 of a stroke. Kaylyn McIntosh
Yazmin Gooren
Monjoa Likine
Carolyn Beindorff Speaker Why did we choose this poem? Imagery Tone Theme 6 A

5 B
5 A

5 B

6 C

6 D
5 E

7 D trochaic tetrameter almost the whole poem
has a random rhyme scheme
the first line, "who are you little i" means that he is surprised that there is still a child in him capable of seeing the beauty in the sunset
the last few lines, "if day/ has to become night/ this is a beautiful way" shows that it was an unwelcome transition, but it happens in a beautiful way, so it makes the change a little better.
Figurative Language Questions?
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