e.e. cummings memorial Thought of the Day

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” — e.e. cummings

English: Grave of poet E. E. Cummings, located...

English: Grave of poet E. E. Cummings, located at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the anniversary of the death of poet e.e. cummings. He died 51 years ago. To read his full ritaLOVEStoWRITE bioBLOG click HERE.

Cummings had a magical way of playing with words so they transcended form and meaning.

Cummings experimented radically with form, punctuation, spelling and syntax, abandoning traditional techniques and structures to create a new, highly idiosyncratic means of poetic expression. [Poets.org]
Here’s his poem ‘my love’.

my love
thy hair is one kingdom
the king whereof is darkness
thy forehead is a flight of flowers

thy head is a quick forest
filled with sleeping birds
thy breasts are swarms of white bees
upon the bough of thy body
thy body to me is April
in whose armpits is the approach of spring

thy thighs are white horses yoked to a chariot
of kings
they are the striking of a good minstrel
between them is always a pleasant song

my love
thy head is a casket
of the cool jewel of thy mind
the hair of thy head is one warrior
innocent of defeat
thy hair upon thy shoulders is an army
with victory and with trumpets

thy legs are the trees of dreaming
whose fruit is the very eatage of forgetfulness

thy lips are satraps in scarlet
in whose kiss is the combinings of kings
thy wrists
are holy
which are the keepers of the keys of thy blood
thy feet upon thy ankles are flowers in vases
of silver

in thy beauty is the dilemma of flutes

thy eyes are the betrayal
of bells comprehended through incense

E.E. Cummings, full-length portrait, facing le...

E.E. Cummings, full-length portrait, facing left, wearing hat and coat / World-Telegram photo by Walter Albertin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a list of selected poetry and prose by cummings: [List from Poets.org]


  • Tulips and Chimneys (1923)
  • & (1925) XLI Poems (1925)
  • ViVa (1931) No Thanks (1935)
  • Tom (1935) 1/20 (1936)
  • Fifty Poems (1941)
  • 1 x 1 (1944)
  • Xaipe: Seventy-One Poems (1950)
  • Ninety-five Poems (1958)
  • 73 Poems (1962)
  • Complete Poems (1991)


  • The Enormous Room (1922)
  • Eimi (1933)

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