Twentieth century – E. E. Cummings’ poems created a stepping stone for his career in order to be considered as one of the greatest poet of the century. E. E. Cumming’s unparalleled imagination and ability to converse with its audience in a non-conforming manner, captivates his audience. E. E. Cummings’ is considered to be a conformist poet, as well as an individual, striving to be a staunch advocator regarding the concept of individuality and art. He plays with words then creates illustrations, pictures or art out of it, calling it his own poetry, significantly different from the style and works of other poets.
E. E. Cummings’ stated that “so far as I am concerned, poetry and every other art was and is and forever will be strictly and distinctly a question of individuality. ” E. E. Cummings’ nonlecture four considers man or individuality in relation to the public or the masses of the world. Somehow, there is a tone or atmosphere of rife with satire in E. E. Cumming’s nonlecture four. He first relates his point of view (his self) and to a person or individual he presents as “you. ” “You” can either be one person, or collectively pertain to a society, a group, or his readers.
Whether the word “you” pertains to an individual or to a society, still, the word “you” would seem to refer to individuality, that which may refer to the state of being separate from others. In his foreword to a book of poems called Is, E. E. Cummings’ states “my technique is either complicated or original or both, the publishers have politely requested me. ” He uses his work or self experience in relation to the publishers to show a certain connection of man and the society.
In addition to this, the readers will be able to see or observe how his work, or an individual, is affected by the publishers or the masses of the world and that the word “you” which he uses may actually refer to them. On the contrary, E. E. Cummings’ nonlecture five, highlights or deals more on personal or someone’s own and unique individuality. He defends himself and states “I am an Artist, I am a Man, I am a Failure,” which shows how strongly or frequently “I” is used as compared to the other nonlecture, which presents the use of “you” to pertain to the object of his work.
In addition to this, nonlecture five mostly deals with him and his own individuality, not like nonlecture four. The examples which E. E. Cummings’ uses in his nonlectures also provide evidence or strong convictions with regards to their subject matter. In nonlecture four, E. E. Cummings’ uses an example from the “An Imaginary Dialogue Between An Author and A Public. ” The dialogue which took place looks like a spoof or a lampoon.
On the other hand, by inspecting or looking at it in a different perspective, it can be said that again, he pertains or uses the subject matter “you” (the society or public) as he relates it to himself (the public talking to the author). The samples used by E. E. Cummings’ in nonlecture five however, present more of the individual or refers more to himself. Audience or readers would feel as if they are no longer part of the book or E. E. Cumming’s work because E. E. Cummings, instead of using “you”, mainly uses the word “him” who imaginatively talks back to “me”.
Somehow, at this point of view, it can be said the there is individuality, in the sense that the author only pertains to himself that excludes the others especially society as a whole. What I am trying to say it what E. E. Cummings’ present the concept of man and his in individuality in two different point of views; one from his self and the other from other people. Moreover, “poetry happens to be an art and artists happen to be human beings. ” “An artist doesn’t live in some geographical abstractions, superimposed on a part of this beautiful earth.
“Every artist’s strictly illimitable country is himself. ” E. E. Cummings near the last parts of nonlecture four, tries to make a connection to the nonlecture five. He first presents individuality, through an artist and provides art a manner justification as to when and how it should be applied to the artist’s country. There are some notions that to be a great artist, one must be on complete focus and that it requires so much time, neglecting any social life. However, from E. E. Cummings’ presentation in nonlecture four, this artist with the society, such notion is debunked.
In nonlecture five, E. E. Cummings states that “one thing does always concern this individual and that is fidelity to himself” and that “he and he alone can feel” while “art is a mystery. ” The individual is distinct and unique, yet art is shrouded in a shadow of anonymity. Moreover, in order for man to reach a higher position in life, it is better for him to proceed than to succeed or to experience failure rather than success, while his art is not filled with over confidence, something which may bring him and his art down. Through E. E.
Cummings’ thought provoking and mind boggling presentation of man and art in different perspectives, the readers are kept in different twists and turns even if the author is trying to pinpoint something directly. The use or play of words in these two nonlectures is really impressive, that one can hardly argue. Somehow, I think that individuality comes together with art, as E. E. Cummings is to his poetry and that simplicity of things that he wanted to present was shrouded by a sense of complexity from being an artist. Works Cited Cummings, E. E. Six Non-Lectures. Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1953.