Edward Estlin Cumming

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The thematic concerns of Cummings's poetry included satiric, anti-war pieces, celebrated loners, lovers and nonconformists; he wrote poems in which he extolled love, nature, individualism, and freedom; Cummings remains one of the best-known and best-loved poets of the twentieth century. He is remembered for his celebration of love and nature like what we see in one of his great poem entitled "in Just "It seems he was inspired by the celebration of the individual, and love and spring through this poem, he narrates it from children point of view which add a vision of innocence to the poem; moreover the images he gives are so vivid like the presence of the "lame ballonman" which create an atmosphere joy, innocence, celebration, and nonconformists in which each individual in this poem celebrate on his own way. I also noticed that each time the ballonman whistles, the line is either extended by wide spacing or the line is broken, for me this technique is intended to show the reader's eye, the impression of distance which indicate two of Cummings's ideas (freedom and individuality). H e also uses words in which their sounds suggest their meanings like "the whistle far and wee" which support the action of the poem and gives a unique, musical sound to the it.

Cummings feeling in this poem is a feeling of a childlike, it's obvious in these words "eddieandbill ,bettyandisble" which is an attempt to show the action of a child running toward the ballonman ,it's known that running breathlessly is a child way of expressing happiness.. This goes along with cummings idea of celebrated loners, nonconformists in their celebration and also it shows their love to nature, that they celebrate spring coming.

All of Cummings's beliefs could be summed up in two words: be yourself. His...



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