“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;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or the mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”
“anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did”
Those famous stanzas can be credited to Edward Estlin (E.E.) Cummings, who was born on October 14, 1894, in Cambridge, Mass. Cummings began to write poems in 1902. He then attended Harvard for his bachelor’s and master’s degree, earning his master’s in 1916. His first published poems appeared in the Eight Harvard Poets anthology.
As many of us studied in our literature classes, Cummings is known for the loose grammar and punctuation style of his poems which are often littered with metaphors. His style often makes his poetry challenging to read, but it also leaves his work open to many interpretations.
Rohrbach Library has plenty of E.E. Cummings books to help celebrate his birthday. So check out a few and join us in saying, “Happy Birthday, E.E. Cummings!”