Art in poetry - EE Cummings


Art in poetry


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    Typography and text layout became the playthings of poets during the 20th century. American poet EE Cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) devised a technique in which the eye is deliberately drawn in different directions. It requires a different kind of reading to conventional poetry, and has been likened by some critics to cubist painting.



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    The right-hand page shows a poem called ‘Post Impressions XIV’ from Cummings’ collection entitled simply &. The reading direction is occasionally unpredictable. Words often run together or are broken apart by spaces or punctuation marks that give clues as to how to read the poem out loud.

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