E. E. Cummings: From Parenthesis to Personality (Part II)

  • Uroš Mozetič University of Ljubljana
Keywords: E.E.Cummings, uniqueness of rhetoric, poetic truth and human truth, epiphany


The paper presents the unique oeuvre of E.E. Cummings; who claims an outstanding position in the heritage of American poetry; as a case of Bildungsdichtung. This status is largely due to his highly innovative and iconoclastic approach to poetic composition; starting from his early rebellious endeavours drawing on an astounding variety of non-standard and downright shocking potentialities of the English language (including such peculiar linguistic and stylistic idiosyncracies as drastic changes of the syntactic English word order; shifts at the morphology and word-formation level; unorthodox use of punctuation; extravagant typography and spacing or arrangement of space between the lines; a diversity of meters and rhymes; as well as seemingly eccentric imagery); to his later and invariably maturer poetic diction – the diction of one who has apparently come to terms with the world and his fellow-beings; realising that genuine wisdom resides in the understanding and forgiveness of the inherently fallible human nature rather than in its continuous sardonic scrutiny.


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MozetičU. (2007). E. E. Cummings: From Parenthesis to Personality (Part II). ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 4(1-2), 121-134. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.4.1-2.121-134