who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
e.e. cummings served with the Red Cross ambulance corps during WWI and was profoundly affected by what he witnessed. He developed a rather interesting set of grammar and spelling rules that were entirely his own, mostly in reaction to his sense that the world no longer operated according to logical order. One may see this in his meditation on violence,, as well as in how he chose to spell his name. It is among the most aural of poetic styles.