E.E. Cummings’s Experimentation with Form

grasshopper E.E. Cummings was an innovative and groundbreaking poet who disregarded the traditional boundaries of poetry. His extremely modern style differentiated him from his contemporaries. Veering away from rhyming patterns and typical verse structure, he even experimented with concrete poetry. He was one of the first people to use the physical shape of the poem to communicate a message. Cummings’s most famous free-form poem was “r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r”, which depicts the image of a grasshopper in the grass both through his unusual word and punctuation choices and the radically loose physical structure of the poem. In a clever twist, one section of the poem in particular can be outlined to reveal the shape of a grasshopper.

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2 Responses to E.E. Cummings’s Experimentation with Form

  1. shakirademitrus says:

    This is SO COOL. I never would’ve thought to do that… I wish you would’ve included the poem as well, but this is super amazing. Really interesting!

  2. nickcalfano says:

    I absolutely love the image you used as it draws attention to your post. I would like to know more about Cummings’ past life and wonder how it impacted his poetry.

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