E.E. Cummings

E.E. Cummings Poems

Edward Estlin Cummings, better known as E.E. Cummings, was an American poet. He is remembered today for his pioneering new style of writing and willingness to experiment with his verse. He wrote somewhere around 2,900 poems. This was in addition to plays, novels, and essays. Read more about E.E. Cummings.

[love is more thicker than forget]

by E.E. Cummings

‘[love is more thicker than forget]’ by E.E. Cummings conveys the idea that love can be a source of hope, comfort, and joy in times of darkness.

This is one of Cummings' most striking love poems. The poem is only four stanzas long but strives to define love in a way that no other poet has done before. Plus, the poem conveys Cummings' style, for which he's the best-known today, in an incredibly clear way. He utilizes the complexity and potential of poetry to allude to similar elements of love.

love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet

more frequent than to fail

Between the Breasts

by E.E. Cummings

‘Between the Breasts’ is a celebration of sensuality, desire, and the uninhibited pursuit of pleasure, using unconventional language and vivid imagery to evoke intense emotions and challenge traditional poetic norms.

This poem shares common characteristics with E.E. Cummings' other poems in terms of their unconventional structure, experimental language, and exploration of sensuality and desire. Cummings' works, including this poem, challenge traditional poetic norms and showcase his unique style. In the broader context of American poetry, 'Between the Breasts' aligns with the modernist movement, characterized by a departure from traditional forms and a focus on individual experience and expression.

between the breasts

of bestial

[O sweet spontaneous]

by E.E. Cummings

‘[O sweet spontaneous]’ by E.E. Cummings is a beautiful poem about the earth and humanity’s search for knowledge. The poem uses personification in interesting ways and expresses a universal message. 

O sweet spontaneous

earth how often have



a man who had fallen among thieves

by E.E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings’ ‘a man who had fallen among thieves’ is a modern retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan who helped a robbed man lying unconscious on the road. In this poem, the speaker helps one such person who faced a similar accident.

a man who had fallen among thieves

lay by the roadside on his back

dressed in fifteenthrate ideas

wearing a round jeer for a hat

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luscious the little

lame balloonman

may i feel said he

by E.E. Cummings

‘may i feel said he’ by E.E. Cummings is a deceptively complicated poem that describes two people engaged in an affair and the various emotions associated with it.

may i feel said he

(i'll squeal said she

just once said he)

it's fun said she

pity this busy monster, manunkind

by E.E. Cummings

‘pity this busy monster, manunkind’ by E.E. Cummings describes the destructive nature of progress and how it has damaged humankind’s view of the world. 

a hopeless case if --- listen: there's a hell

of a good universe next door; let's go


by E.E. Cummings



  a)s w(e loo)k


somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

by E.E. Cummings

‘somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond ‘ describes the control a fragile and gentle lover has over a speaker’s state of mind.

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

any experience, your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

by E.E. Cummings

‘the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls’ by E. E. Cummings is about the differences in social classes, ignorance, and reality. The speaker judges the Cambridge women for the fiction they engage in and their lack of interest in the real world. 

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also,with the church’s protestant blessings

daughters,unscented shapeless spirited)

when god lets my body be

by E.E. Cummings

‘when god lets my body be’ is a poem about the cycle of life and death. The poet E.E. Cummings describes how he wishes to be part of nature through death.

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree

fruit that dangles therefrom

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