Study Guide

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May Calling Card

By E.E. Cummings

Calling Card

The Poet Who Likes to Play

E.E. Cummings was one fun dude. The guy is known for playing with whatever he could get his hands on (poetically speaking, of course). He's recognized (in fancier terms) as being a kind of linguistic rebel because of his nixing of punctuation and capitalization, along with virtually every other rule in the grammar book. But at a deeper level, we sense a truly playful nature in his voice and style that may tackle some universal themes, but does so in a way we can all relate to. Check out these other Cummings shakeups for a better idea of what he was about as a poet: "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r," "why must itself up every of a park," and "my father moved through dooms of love."

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