American poet Edward Estlin Cummings, better known as simply ‘E.E’, was famous for the many poems that he wrote but at the same time he was also a playwright and painter of great repute. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and studied at Harvard University before embarking on a career as a prolific poet. He produced close to 3000 po-ems in his long career. Cummings was enlisted in the US Army during the First World War and was in fact arrested in France for being a suspected spy. He spent only three months in prison and it was the inspiration be-hind his well-known novel ‘The Enormous Room’. Cummings was an active traveler and throughout his youth, he travelled across Europe, Africa and Paris, in particular remained a city with which he shared a special bond. Due to his fame as a poet, playwright and essayist, he was honoured with the post of guest professor by Harvard University. Cum-mings was also honoured with the Bollinger Prize for Poetry in 1958 and is rightly considered among the most significant modern poets. Here are some of the selected quotes from his works that would definitely make for a compelling read.
Such was a poet and shall be and is
-who'll solve the depths of horror to defend a sunbeam's architecture with his life: and carve immortal jungles of despair to hold a mountain's heartbeat in his hand.
E. E. Cummings
I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air.