slate has posted an article on e. e. cummings. his cleverness and willingness to break the rules set him apart from the other poets i was forced to read in school, and had a lasting effect on me. the most obvious sign of this is my general refusal to use upper case letters (it's also faster and i think it looks good, but cummings was the initial inspiration). but he also did things that got up the noses of stuffy people and caused others to question the standards and practices of his field of art. those are immensely important things that need to be done once in awhile, but besides that, his poems were good.
the title of this post is a small subgenre of music.