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Comment 69 of 449, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

I think this poem is saying that everyone goes through the life cycles..
because it repeats the seasons...spring,summer,fall,winter many times. It
says that we go through out lives no matter what happens but don't take the
time to care. I says that "no one" is loving of "anyone" while all the
other people in town is going about their lives. Then in the end they both
died and were buried next to each other.

Angela from United States
Comment 68 of 449, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

I think that this is a very confusing poem and im not sure whos who but i
do like how he says everyones married to somones, I think that when he was
writting this poem it was his idea a perfect town or maybe this reminds him
of his home town it also says that noone loved anyone so maybe he was
depresed or havin problems with the ladies but all in all i feel that this
poem is very confusing and i dont understand a word of it and the more i
try an read it the more it confuses me.

j-dizzle from South Africa
Comment 67 of 449, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:54 PM.

By reading this poem theres a million things that come to my mind but the
one significant one that sticks out is he describing some kind of marriage
i like the way he describes all the seasons in this poem im not usually the
one for poerty but this one i didnt mind


Weirdo from United States
Comment 66 of 449, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 6:31 PM.

when i first read it i was like "how am i ever gonna be able to do an
analysis for this poem?" then when i looked into it this poem really makes
sense, because noone is someone.

Alex from United States
Comment 65 of 449, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 4:47 PM.

I read this poem in english class in grade 11. at first glance i thought it
was just another case of that "break and entry" poetry. but wow, once it
clicks...it's like, (Bang!)

adam from Canada
Comment 64 of 449, added on October 27th, 2005 at 3:37 PM.

I believe that ALIAPHT is an amazing, inspiring, thought-provoking poem. In
my class, we are analyzing this poem, and I've noticed quite a few things.
First, I believe the first three stanzas represent an earlier time in
anyone's life. The next three stanzas (I'm not sure if I spelled 'stanzas'
correctly, sorry) represent the point in time where anyone and noone's love
was at its zenith, when they were young and content. The last three
stanzas represent the death of anyone and finally noone, the conclusion--as
happens with all great things--of their 'fairytale' lives together and only
together. anyone and noone being buried side by side gives a sense of
togethrness, and though they are no longer alive, they remain as one happy
couple.

Kayleigh from United States
Comment 63 of 449, added on October 27th, 2005 at 12:00 PM.

I must disagree that the "dong and ding" imply stupidity. Everytime I read
this poem I am getting a more defined image of what cummings is protraying
for the reader. There's a cycle in the poem, a never-ending circle, if you
will. The arrangement of the seasons and the "sun moon stars rain" follows
a distinct circle and I believe "dong and ding" aide this technique,
implying a clock, a set cycle.

"Anyone" and "noone" represent people that don't exist, while "Women and
men" represent everyone trapped on a cycle that repeats itself, thus they
"went their came" and "reaped their sowing." Their lives are repetious.

Karalyn from United States
Comment 62 of 449, added on October 13th, 2005 at 2:02 PM.

wow. i read this at first for a homework assignment and THANK YOU TO MY
TEACHER for giving us that homework! i think this poem is magical, and
every time i read it i feel very special. e. e. cummings you rock for
writing this!! it makes me think (thinking is good) about lots of things
and i hope i never ever forget about this poem!!!

Karissa from Australia
Comment 61 of 449, added on September 25th, 2005 at 2:00 PM.

I really enjoyed this poem, I find it fasinating and meaningful. I was
blown away at how cummings was able to fit all of that in a simple poem. I
must say i agree with cummings, i think people should live how they want
and be who they want, not lisen to the rest of the world. But be an
individual. Now tell me if i am way off in this meaning. I have only read
this poem a few times. I first read this poem at a mensa convention because
all my friends were saying it was borring (i was 12 years old at the time)
now i am 13.

Jacquelyn from United States
Comment 60 of 449, added on September 24th, 2005 at 4:16 PM.

I love this poem, it's amazing, I can't get over it. I can't stop reading
it. Easily my best assignment ever. In my humble opinion this poem is not
solely about true love but about the will to live life differently and to
have the courage to go against the grain (up so floating many bells down)
and how it is those who are willing to be different and risk admiration
that keep the world progressing (notice the seasons rotation halts in the
final stanza after anyone is pronounced dead with noone buried at his
side). I will not, however, argue against there fact that there is a story
of love in the poem that seems to parrellel the aforementioned theme, and
also seems to have some very vague comment to make on gender rolls. (I
mean very very vague: notice that "noone" is female, and the statement,
usually spoken as "men and women" is switched, and the only capitilized
word in the poem is the word "Women")

Shelley Sargent from United States

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