Here is a little peek into someone you may have heard of, and a man I greatly admire. 

  The Secret Art Life of e.e. Cummings    

Few realize that the poet who lovingly, lyrically crafted the following words:

“I carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) . . .” 

Cummings became a devoted painter, well before his first writing got published. He completed around 1,600 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings during his lifetime, in addition to his prolific career as a poet and master of prose. Writing became Cummings’s national fame for his well-known poetic quotes like:


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

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
― E.E. Cummings

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― E.E. Cummings

He always referred to himself as a poet and painter, but he finally came to accept the fact that he was never going to be a professional painter. He realized that one aspect of his passion for the art world became his independence for wanting to do things on his own terms. Cummings’s life as a poet reflected his rebelliousness and innovation with new, unsaid lines, words and letters. Looked on as the “bad boy” of modern poetry, he felt no need for instruction with his poetry or with his painting. Some would muse that he was a natural-born poet, who was right about his poetry, and wrong about his painting.

His Biography states: “Whimsical and experimental, Cummings, earned respect from the literary world and became known as the popular American poet of the early 20th century.  He became more widely known as an avant-garde poet, thanks to his unconventional use of typography, syntax and sometimes scandalous (at the time) choices of words and topics.

He had a fondness for scattering words unevenly across a page and liked to spell his own name in the lower case (e.e. cummings) leading generations of college students to remember him as the guy who didn’t capitalize his own name.

He is often mentioned in the same breath with Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot and other groundbreaking literary figures of the era between the world wars. American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright legend, he wrote approximately 2900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays.

Written by Samantha Elphick



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