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The Vision of E.E. Cummings. Brandon Stolz, Isabella Brancifort, & Jessi Kruse. commonalities. Lower case Imagery Repetition Love. Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond any experience,your eyes have their silence:

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the vision of e e cummings

The Vision of E.E. Cummings

Brandon Stolz, Isabella Brancifort, & Jessi Kruse

commonalities
commonalities
  • Lower case
  • Imagery
  • Repetition
  • Love
somewhere i have never travelled gladly beyond
Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

any experience,your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility:whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens;only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

early inspiration
Early Inspiration
  • Farm
  • Mother
  • Longfellow
  • Lowell

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

middle life inspirations
Middle Life Inspirations
  • Ezra Pound
  • French detention camp
  • First wife

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

late life inspirations
Late Life Inspirations
  • Death of Parents
  • Marion Morehouse
  • Travels
  • War

“I think very much the influence for me in poetry is poetry”

reoccurring themes nature love life
Reoccurring ThemesNature, Love, Life

Where's Madge then,
Madge and her men?
buriedwith
Alice in her hair,
(but if you ask the rain
he'll not tell where.)

beauty makes terms
with time and his worms,
whenloveliness
says sweetly Yes
to wind and cold;
and how much earth
is Madge worth?
Inquire of the flower that sways in the autumn
she will never guess.
butiknow

my heart fell dead before.)

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
myheart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,mydarling)
ifear
nofate(for you are my fate,mysweet)iwant
noworld(for beautiful you are my world,mytrue)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;whichgrows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

the positive critics
The Positive Critics
  • Bewildering, complex
  • “the rule breaker, the grand violator' of every accepted standard of poetical and grammatical structure, which make his poems stand out…”
  • Creates a puzzle
  • “Cummings's ‘meaning’ habitually lies in his playful manipulation”
what we think
What We Think…

“…the rule breaker”

Agree

  • Different
  • Unprecedented

“Creates a Puzzle”

Agree

  • hidden meanings
  • Intentional layout
  • Disagree
  • Grammar confusing
  • Hard to understand
negative criticism
Negative Criticism
  • “Violates typographical norms only to be different…”(Kennedy, 8).
  • Discombobulated
  • “…annoying modernist gimmicks”(Friendman).
  • Confusing
what we think1
What We Think…
  • Too Different:

Agree

  • No benefit
  • Confusing
  • Unnecessary

Vs.

  • “…modernist gimmicks”:

Disagree

  • Distinguishes
  • Feeling/Mood