‘E.E. Cummings: Pacifist, Prisoner, Poet’ next in WWI speaker series

Marietta College’s Dr. Bev Hogue will make the seventh and final presentation in the World War I colloquium — Exploring the Great War — at 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, in Thomas 124.

Hogue will speak on “E.E. Cummings: Pacifist, Prisoner, Poet.” Hogue is a McCoy Professor of English. Though e.e. cummings is not generally considered a war poet, his experience in World War I illuminates the complex ways in which that war influenced a generation of writers and artists. Despite his pacifist beliefs, cummings volunteered to serve in the French ambulance corps; however, the anti-war sentiments he expressed in private letters alarmed French censors and led to his imprisonment. After his release, cummings transformed his four-month imprisonment into The Enormous Room, an autobiographical novel that creates an absurd and fractured impression of a complex world broken by war. 

The College received a grant from Walmart’s Community Giving program to develop the series for the 2014-15 academic year.