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Analysis and comments on anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings

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Comment 158 of 618, added on March 27th, 2008 at 3:27 PM.

i read this and it reminds of how bad japan is they can suck it

chi lan cho from China
Comment 157 of 618, added on March 5th, 2008 at 3:16 AM.

I read the poems of cummings to my children when they were just tads. They
loved them, especially this one and in just spring. Then I found his Fairy
Tales. Perhaps there are many adults who "down they forgot as up they
grew" but my children understood and thanked me for giving them the gift of
cummings.

asialane from Korea, South
Comment 156 of 618, added on March 1st, 2008 at 6:25 PM.

i have to write a research paper on this guy and i sware i am going to die
because it is so boring ow can you write 5 pages on some poet who wrote
about stupid boring things and lived a boring life aghhhhhhhh

myob from United States
Comment 155 of 618, added on February 19th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

I LOVE THE POEM! =>

Jade from United States
Comment 154 of 618, added on February 18th, 2008 at 5:27 PM.

I agree. He takes fairly large johnsons up the ass. lmfao

Ashley from United States
Comment 153 of 618, added on February 6th, 2008 at 9:55 AM.

I set this poem to music (for a cappella vocal ensemble) in 1984; you can
listen to a recording of this piece here:

pelz-sherman.net/music/anyone_lived.mp3

Michael Pelz-Sherman from United States
Comment 152 of 618, added on December 16th, 2007 at 11:11 PM.

i read in 'the poetry and pose of ee cummings' by robert e wegner, that
this poem refers to his father. you see, he loved his father very much and
considered him to be a very wise, and gentile man; hence writing this poem
about him.

this remains to be my favorite poem, and is next to my bed. for the first
week i had it up, i would read it every night and cry. it is a very
touching poem :]

ani hovhannisyan from United States
Comment 151 of 618, added on December 1st, 2007 at 11:04 AM.

My teacher introduced this to us a couple weeks ago and I dont really
understand it but i like it

Mike from Canada
Comment 150 of 618, added on October 18th, 2007 at 7:05 PM.

the poem was amazing

sally e ripkin from Zimbabwe
Comment 149 of 618, added on October 13th, 2007 at 2:03 PM.

This is just my take: “anyone” refers to a man whom the town didn’t
understand. He lived in a way separate from the rest of them – rejoicing in
the little things like snow falling and the changing of the seasons. The
children see that “noone” (a woman) loves “anyone” but lose sight of that
love once they grow into the stern countenances of their forbears; they
learn to ignore the magic of the pure love the strange couple share.
Cummings goes on to describe the way they lived their lives – one unto the
other “she laughed his joy she cried his grief”. They live in harmony – as
unlikely complements, one to the other. “bird by snow and stir by still”.
The next paragraph seems to imply that the townspeople lived not for their
spouses, but for the community “someones married their everyones” – they
mimic the happy couple’s adoration but in way that seems contrived, and, in
truth, joyless. “anyone” and “noone” die and the speaker describes the
difference in the way they go on in death compared to how everyone else
goes on in life “they dream their sleep” compared to the bloodless “they
slept their dream”. Cummings concludes the poem with the image of the solid
townspeople go on about their business, never ceasing in their work, never
stopping to think and admire the marvel of the steady path that time trods
or to mourn the loss of so great a love – one that they must have envied
even if they never understood it.

Faith from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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