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E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza

J. Alison Rosenblitt


The American modernist E.E. Cummings is not usually thought of as a classically-influenced poet. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are probably very few current readers who would name Cummings if asked to identify twentieth-century Anglophone poets in the classical tradition. But for most of his life, and even for ten or twenty years after his death, this is how many readers and critics did see Cummings. Cummings specialised in the study of classical literature as an undergraduate at Harvard, and his contemporaries saw him as a “pa ... More

Keywords: E.E. Cummings, Classics, modernism, Great War poetry (World War I poetry), war poets, translation, paganism, Horace, carpe diem poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Alison Rosenblitt, author
Lecturer, Balliol College and Regent's Park College, University of Oxford