Rebecca B

Make Fantasies Become A Reality

   Dec 05

Perfect Poets

In Language Arts we are studying famous poets, and I would like to talk about E.E. Cummings, or Edward Estlin Cummings.  He was born October 14, 1894 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He actually started to write poems during 1904. During World War I, E.E. Cummings moved to France and decided to be an ambulance driver. Later, he was sent to a prison camp because the French had a suspicion of espionage, or spying.

After the war, he went around Europe visiting poets and artists. He still continued to write poems after the war and experimenting each time. He would try writing poems with or without spelling, grammar, and syntax to create a new form of writing. E.E. Cummings died September 3, 1962 and was the second most widely read poet in the United States after Robert Frost. His poetry is unique because of his experimenting, which is also what he is known for.

e.e. cummings - Bing Images world war 1 - Bing Images

     This is the poem I chose because I feel that I can really connect to it. Basically, this poem has to do with spring is like a hand, removing the snow from the winter, to let the flowers and grass grow. I feel like I can connect to this poem because sometimes I get really stressed, and feel like I am being locked in a box. When I get through my problem and sort it out, I feel like someone let me go. I feel free and happy when I am out of the box. This relates to the poem because it is talking about how spring is like a hand getting rid of the winter.

oetry - Bing Images


Spring is like a perhaps hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand

(which comes carefully

out of Nowhere)arranging

a window,into which people look(while

people stare

arranging and changing placing

carefully there a strange

thing and a known thing here)and


changing everything carefully


spring is like a perhaps

Hand in a window

(carefully to

and from moving New and

Old things,while

people stare carefully

moving a perhaps

fraction of flower here placing

an inch of air there)and


without breaking anything.


    Here is where the poetry tour ends. I think that it was fascinating to learn about how E.E. Cummings was one of the most famous poets in the U.S. I feel like I kind of connect to him because he liked to experiment with different kinds of poetry, and I like to experiment with different kinds of things too. It is amazing how you can be so different, but also same with someone. I hope that you found a connection to not only the poem I chose, but to the actual poet.

A big thanks to Microsoft Clip Art for the fantastic photos!

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  1. avatar Pop Pop Stan says:

    Very well presented Rebecca. I learned about E.E. Cummings from your excellent description of his life. I had heard of Cummings, but never really read his works. You gave me an interest in looking at Cummings work and giving them further consideration. Experimenting with poetry is very interesting and Cummings definitely did this in his works. Continue to enjoy poetry, it is a wonderful means of conveying your thoughts. All of our LOVE. Bubby Ileene, Pop Pop Stan and Aunt Debbie.

  2. avatar Mrs. Hernandez says:

    I am a fan of E.E. Cummings, too. I have to admit, though, that it has been a long while since I have read much poetry. I really enjoyed reading your analysis of this poem. You did help me connect to the poem, the poet and also reminded me of the beauty of poetry.
    Thanks for this wonderful post.
    -Ms. H

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