Thursday, January 28, 2010

e.e. cummings

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

Today's thing that I like is a person, namely e.e. cummings, a successful 20th century poet and playwright. Why do I like e.e. cummings?

Well here's five reasons:

No Capital Letters.

This guy is so fucking awesome that he decided his name doesn't even need capital letters. Why? Fuck you, he doesn't have to tell you.

Freeform Structure.

Each of cummings' poems features a unique structure, and often has to be read aloud to get the full effect of the meaning. Some poems have words broken up into random pieces, and letters pushed out three lines away from anything else in the poem. He threw structure and punctuation into the wind at a time when that just wasn't done.

He Believed in Love.

It sounds dumb, but it's true. Even back in the days when e.e. cummings was actually around, that's something to respect.

His Plays Are Weird.

His first play featured characters called "Him" and "Me", and he told people not to try and understand it, but to let the play try to understand you. What does that mean? I don't know, but it's fucking awesome. His last play was even weirder, a story about Santa Claus trading places with Death that ends with learning the power of love.

His Poems Are Uplifting.

Think poetry and most people think of poems conveying negative emotions. e.e. cummings writes of true love, enjoying life, and some of it is even bitingly sarcastic. It's definitely a nice change from the work of Edgar Allan Poe or Emily Dickinson.

In conclusion, e.e. cummings was a revolutionary writer and an all-around awesome person, and I like him.

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