Capital Case: The poetry of E. E. Cummings

by Paul Muldoon


The title that E. E. Cummings gave his Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, delivered at Harvard in 1952 and 1953, was predictably provocative: “i: six nonlectures.” To start with, there was the eschewal of capitalization, a feature that, combined with the near-absence of punctuation, most poetry readers would take to be defining of his style:

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