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E. E. Cummings

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Sravya Shankara

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings
Sravya Shankara
E. E. Cummings’ adolescence was filled with transcendentalist ideologies, and the deep meaning in his poetry allowed him to exhibit these beliefs.

E. E. Cummings' Adolescence
Analysis of the poem
Works Cited
Understanding oneself and comprehending the world beyond its physical properties.
Trusting oneself to be in charge of themselves on what is right.
Individualism and self-reliance
Appreciation of nature
Perfection through education.
Transcendentalists are people who understand this as a way of understanding relationships, not as religious beliefs.
Born as Edward Estlin Cummings on October 14, 1894.
His father was a preacher of Christian-transcendentalist theology.
Cummings was a weak and small child and was tormented for it, but he was very intellectual.
Cummings "prayed for strength to be his essential self" (Kennedy 129).
At the age of sixteen, Cummings possessed great self-reliance.
"maggie and milly and molly and may"
maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

"maggie and milly and molly and may"
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea

The Beach (line 2) is a symbol of the physical, outer world.
The Sea (line 12) is a symbol of the emotional, inner world.
To find or understand oneself, one must look inside at their emotions (their true self), not on the outside at their appearance.
Effect on E. E. Cummings'
The "outside" of the poems are light, but the poem has deep meaning (usually to do with self-realization).
Many nature references in poetry.
Cummings was a truthful poet, "who sought to stand firm on a pillar of Right" (Sawyer-Laucanno 39).
Poetry was Cummings' way of understanding and reflecting on relationships.
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