Edward Estlin Cummings was a 20th century American poet. He experimented a lot with punctuation, form and grammar rules. Often you will see his abbreviated name lowercased as e.e. cummings in the style of his poetry.
Here’s an excerpt from my favorite e.e. poem. Read the entire poem here.
Emily Dickinson was a 19th century American poet, often described as private and reclusive. She also used some interesting punctuation, namely long dashes. Earlier printings of her poems were often “cleaned up” to be punctuated properly, but more recent volumes return to her original writings to restore her style.
I have many favorite Emily poems, at least one already mentioned on this blog, but this is the one that did it for me, the first one I loved.
"I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there's a pair of us! Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public – like a Frog – To tell one's name – the livelong June – To an admiring Bog!" - by Emily Dickinson
Who is your favorite poet?
*This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2012, on the theme of little things that make me happy.