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Comment 139 of 449, added on May 29th, 2007 at 6:08 PM.

I believe that everyone is somewhat correct.
It's poetry, poetry has many interpretations.
I have read many interpretations and I have come up with one that somewhat
makes sense.
So they is a man named "anyone" and he is in love with a woman named
"noone." The rest of the town dislikes them both because of their
individuality.
In the end "anyone" and "noone" both die and get buried next to each other.
That was the only clear thing that I saw. For everyone that's is saying
that it is difficult to understand it's e. e. cummings what did you expect.


Kevin Li from United States
Comment 138 of 449, added on May 25th, 2007 at 12:51 PM.

This poem was hard to understand because he jumps from spot to spot
randomly. I believe that he is talking about how every town is the same.
Even though big cities and small towns look different they both have people
that act in a similar way. It also says that people are all the same for
the most part so we should all treat eachother the same.

josh senger
Comment 137 of 449, added on May 25th, 2007 at 2:32 AM.

I believe that this poem is talking about life in general. Also growing up
in a small town is the same as living in the city. I think that what this
poem is also trying to say is that everybody goes through the same things
just at different times in there life.

alexandra corredor from United States
Comment 136 of 449, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:39 AM.

this poem at firstwas hard to understand because or the fragmentation used
in the poem. also the use of repitition and words in different tenses added
to the confusion, such as "said their nevers they slept their dream". this
created a need to think deeply about the poem to fully comprehend what is
being said. also the use of parenthisis give added detail to the writters
point.

Jase Nosal from United States
Comment 135 of 449, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:18 AM.

This poem is about lives of residents in a nameless town. In this
poem,'anyone' live in the town and 'no-one'is the only person who cares
about him. Eventually 'anyone' dies and 'no-one' is heart broken, which the
society just keep going. This poem is refering that people still need to
live their life no matter what. The style of cummings is well shown in
this poem: lowercase letters, not standard English punctuation, and
repeating of some phrase, in this case, he repeated 'pretty how town'.

Alice Hsu from United States
Comment 134 of 449, added on May 24th, 2007 at 11:13 PM.

I believe this poem is about people growing up and doing all the good and
bad, the pretty and the ugly. It's interesting the way Cummings word usage
displays the craziness of life. Everyone in life does basically the same
thing, it's like the growing process. We all mature in the same
progressions, although each of our experiences are very different, like
this poem.

Kaylie from United States
Comment 133 of 449, added on May 15th, 2007 at 9:10 AM.

i think the poem talks about a town and the love story of anyone and noone.
maybe if we read closer, there are still more to be revealed.

mitch from Philippines
Comment 132 of 449, added on May 9th, 2007 at 12:38 PM.

In the poem "anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E.E. Cummings, I think
that it is about how children grow up to do great things and how they see
the world. The quote "A childs view is one of the most innocent things in
the world" (google.com) is what explains this entire poem in one sentence.
It tells the reader that children can be very innocent things but later in
life they loose that innocence to the corrupt and adult world they are
forced to grow up in. Lastly, this poem will never be forgotten and should
be taught to children all around the world.

Matthew Fauls from United States
Comment 131 of 449, added on April 24th, 2007 at 12:59 PM.

Megan, David was quoting someone else at the beginning of his comment. His
second paragraph is his actual thoughts on the matter.

Omid from United States
Comment 130 of 449, added on April 20th, 2007 at 8:01 PM.

David: Excuse me, but it sounds as if you are the one who has not read his
work, or you have not read carefully. You, yourself just mentioned that he
HATED it when people did NOT capitalize his name, which I believe means he
wanted his name spelled E.E. Cummings. Publishers had assumed that it would
be alright to write his name in lower case, but he did not approve of it.
You also mentioned that he thinks it is disrespectful for others not to
capitalize his name, so why would you want to disrespect him? Do more
research smartypants. I don't think you had a good reason to put down all
of the people that took the time to put their comments up just as you did.
Think about that.

Megan from United States

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