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E.E. Cummings

Birthdate: 14. October 1894
Date of death: 3. September 1962

Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings , often styled as e e cummings, as he sometimes signed his name, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems; two autobiographical novels; four plays and several essays. He is remembered as an eminent voice of 20th century English-language literature.

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„Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.“

—  E.E. Cummings

Variant: Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards.

„it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you“

—  E.E. Cummings

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95 poems (1958)
Variant: it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

„as small as a world and as large as alone
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea“

—  E.E. Cummings

Variant: For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
Source: 100 Selected Poems

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„I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.“

—  E.E. Cummings

Collected Poems (1938) New Poems 22
Variant: I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

„To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.“

—  E.E. Cummings

A Poet's Advice (1958)
Context: Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel …
the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

„I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
Alive
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness“

—  E.E. Cummings

Variant: I will take the sun in my mouth and leap into the ripe air.
Source: Poems, 1923-1954

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