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Comment 82 of 482, added on November 14th, 2005 at 10:17 AM.

cummings's poem is a punning paradox (with up so floating many bells down).
it takes only a small reversal of perspective, and language, to get a
truer view of life (he sang his didn't, he danced his did). The everyones
and someones think they have it right (they did their dance) because they
are like everyone else in the town which makes them someone important
(reaped their same).
But anyone and noone are truly in love and matched perfectly (she laughed
his joy, she cried his grief). This genuine love persists beyond the grave
(they dreamed their sleep). Anyone and noone see the possibilities (wish by
spirit and if by yes) while the townsfolk (women and men) see only the
limits (slept their dreams, said their nevers, sowed their isn't).
anyone can see the truth and live genuinely, but noone will love them for
being different. it only takes a simple reversal to make the music of life
sweet, but most people just get it backwards (Both dong and ding) and the
music only clangs away year after year, and life after life.


Carl from United States
Comment 81 of 482, added on November 6th, 2005 at 11:58 PM.

This is tingtang again. The last comment was my sisters and she sent it as
mine(I don't agree with hers), but here is my thought. I agree with Anna
that anyone is being shunned by the women, men, someones and everyones,
because it says"women and men cared for anyone not at all." Then I agree
with Karalyn that "noone" and "anyone" represent people who don't exist
because they are so different from everyone else. How are they different?
Well in the poem it says that "children guessed that noone loved anyone,
but they tried to forget as they got older." So,maybe noone and anyone
shared a relationship so different from everyone elses that everybody got
jealous. So, when they died everyone didn't seem to care or share their
condolences and they just went on with their lives. But, I still don't get
the time frame thing,"winter,autumn,spring and something else I don't
remember."

tingtang from United States
Comment 80 of 482, added on November 6th, 2005 at 10:07 PM.

in life there is a pattern. people are born, they grow,they live, then they
die. if people don't die, then how will life go on.

tingtang from United States
Comment 79 of 482, added on November 4th, 2005 at 5:18 PM.

Don't you people get it? this poem is about a man called anyone who
everyone in the town looks down upon and shuns (the name anyone represents
the fact that he is just an 'anyone' to everyone else in the town)but a
woman called no-one falls in love with him. in the end they die together
and are buried carelessly by the people of the village together and they
become a part of the 'cosmos'. ther you go!

Anna from Australia
Comment 78 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

I really didn't understand this poem at frist, but as i read on i got it.
It is a really good poem it is about noone and noone is nobody. What
happened to noone how nobody like kids, womens didn't care about nobody.
Days went by and still nobody cared about himsome kide did asked about him
but forgot about it as they grew. How noone died alone nobody kissed him
when he died. its really good. i like.

yasoda from United States
Comment 77 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

I'm guessing this poem is about a town in which individual people lived. No
one paid any attention about anybody's lives. Then towards the middle of
the peom, a man fell in love with this woman.The man married his wife,
enjoyed what was there was to enjoy. Later,I guess the man dies . Though
noone dies, the woman still loved him, and she tried to cope with her
grief.

Fritzle from Zimbabwe
Comment 76 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:55 PM.

This peom, i think, is very confusing. It is hard to understand who the
poet is talking about when he says anyone and no one. Plus what is with the
seasons

jr from Jamaica
Comment 75 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:53 PM.

This poem is very confusing and I dont quite know what it is talking about
but he uses very good descriptions and it sounds like he is saying that
everyone is somone no matter what. And the people of the town are very
carefree and dont get in other peoples business just stick to themselves.

Kayla from United States
Comment 74 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:55 PM.

at first i didn't understand it, then reading it through i realized that
anyone loved noone and that their love was big but when anyone died and
the dream of being happy "broke" but still i don't get why to use names as
"anyone" and "noone" still the parts that i understand are good and i like
it!

cristian from Mexico
Comment 73 of 482, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 12:57 PM.

Well at first i had no idea what is was about...but then i read it once
more and it became very clear to me. I think it is very interesting how he
used words like anyone and everyone as charecters in the story. Really made
it more callageing and really made you look at the poem in a differant way.

Sage from Ireland

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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