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Selected Poetry of E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows.
        (i like my body when it is with your, 1-5)
  1. Buffalo Bill 's
  2. the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls
  3. here is little Effie's head
  4. Humanity i love you
  5. i like my body when it is with your
  6. in Just-
  7. "kitty". sixteen, 5' 11", white, prostitute
  8. little tree
  9. O sweet spontaneous
  10. Picasso
  11. raise the shade
  12. who knows if the moon's


Notes on Life and Works

Edward Estlin Cummings, poet, playwright, novelist, and painter, was born October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Mass., and received his A.B. and M.A. from Harvard University in 1915 and 1916. He volunteered as a driver with the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Service in France in 1917 but was arrested on suspicion of treason and interned for some months. After his release, he served U.S. Army as a private in 1918-19. His autobiographical story of his time in the internment camp, The Enormous Room, published in 1922, received widespread praise. His first book of poetry, Tulips & Chimneys (1923), showed an unusual style that was not to change for 40 years. He married Elaine Orr Thayer, March 19, 1924, and they had one child, Nancy. After their divorce in 1925, he married Anne Minnerly Barton, May 1, 1929, but they divorced in 1932. Two years later he entered into a common law marriage with Marion Morehouse. A member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters, Cummings received many honours: the Dial award in 1925, Guggenheim fellowships in 1933 and 1951, an Academy of American Poets fellowship in 1950, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award in 1950, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1958. Though as eccentric in prose as in verse, Cummings became Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard University, in 1952-53. Exhibitions of his paintings were held at the American British Art Centre in 1949, and Rochester Memorial Gallery in 1959. He died September 3, 1962, in North Conway, New Hampshire, and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston.

His books of poetry include the following:

See also

Biographical information

Given name: E. E.
Family name: Cummings
Birth date: 1894
Death date: 1962