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Comment 176 of 946, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 PM.

I say, its not really what people think it is...at first sight it looks
like a love story, Anyone is in love with Noone and there love was until
the end. Really? are you sure about that? Read it slowly and carefully,
what does the tittle says? Anyone lived in a pretty how town, Anyone
represents any person,it could be you or me. Now the tricky part is the
"pretty how town" what does the persona refers with this...look closely and
think of this words like a question... pretty, how? how is this town
pretty, where people just don't care for others, when even in a funeral
they buried you doing other stuff not showing respect, they don't respect
even death. So in other words this town is not pretty at all, is a fake.
Now the "love story". anyone is in love with noone, come on that does not
have a real meaning, anyone could be any person on this horrible town. Now
noone, is not a person, come on!!! its obvious, it represents nothing, that
its all. They were buried together, obviously we are in an era which people
are not buried together anymore. So in other words if they were buried
together it means any person was buried with no one, in other words, alone.
So does that sound like a happy ending...i don't think so

@ from United States
Comment 175 of 946, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 PM.

Remarkable, really amazing how Cummings play with words. At first sight i
was like WTH, but then i started to realize what really the persona was
trying to say. In the end i realize this poem expresses more sadness than
happiness. First of all a pretty how town its a metaphor of a imaginary
town, the town of every person imagination, because in real life there is
no pretty town. Anyone represents any person on this imaginary town, you
and me. And noone represents the loneliness of people, that in the end will
be the one that has and will be there for you.

Cris from United States
Comment 174 of 946, added on February 16th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 173 of 946, added on January 20th, 2010 at 12:36 AM.

simple 2 understand. anyone is a character that is very happy and lives in
a town where people h8 him b/c they are so happy and noone is a character
tht is also happy and falls in love with him. the seasons represent a year
and the moon and sun part represents a day

samji from Azerbaijan
Comment 172 of 946, added on May 7th, 2009 at 1:25 AM.

e.e cummings was known for never using capital letters or punctuation in
any of his poems, something that the literary world has come to know as
breaking the rules to traditional poetry. In "anyone lived in a pretty how
town" he uses the four seasons as time passing by, as well as the addition
of the bell. Cummings writes "Women and men (both dong and ding)" not only
to show the effect of a bell ringing, meaning time passing by, but also
because of a self experience and having his first marriage only lasting
less than a year.

Nacho Collazo from United States
Comment 171 of 946, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:27 AM.

Anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings in a poem about life and
love. It is structured so that it almost as a bouncy rhythm to it due to
the rhyme pattern. With a style that makes you have to reread it a couple
times to understand because its worded so differently then most everything
you read, and the grammar just makes you tongue twist and you mouth

Jonathan Cravens from United States
Comment 170 of 946, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:23 PM.

Throughout this poem Cummings is not ignorant of the traditional usage of
words; he plays and manipulates the function of grammar, often using a verb
as a proper noun or an adjective as a conjunction. The poem is written in
the past tense up until it reaches stanza 8 in which it, for solely one
stanza, switches to the present. Throughout this piece of poetry, rather
than capitalize the proper names, Cummings resorts to singularly
capitalizing “Women and Men” (Cummings 5).

Katie Cleveland from United States
Comment 169 of 946, added on May 7th, 2009 at 5:07 AM.

This poem is structured very well. It gives the poem a rhythm. Love is a
major theme in this poem and Cummings uses it in most of him poems. He
brings up the four seasons and the bell is to represent time passing by.

Matt Perry from United States
Comment 168 of 946, added on May 6th, 2009 at 1:41 AM.

Anyone and Noone are actually people who are madly in love with each other.
Noone is a girl and Anyone is a guy. They share their lives and their
dreams together and there isn’t anyone else that could possibly understand
their love. Each one was special to the other. “One day anyone died I
guess…busy folk buried them side by side” (Cummings). Then when anyone
dies, they buried them side by side, because they were so in love and so
close that even after life they could be together. The poem has a cycle
about growing older, finding love, growing even older, and dying. E.E.
Cummings could be alluding Anyone and Noone as himself and his third wife
Marion Morehouse to whom he enjoyed a long and happy marriage.

Arlene B. from United States
Comment 167 of 946, added on April 6th, 2009 at 1:55 PM.

Anyone is a man living in a town. He could be anyone, the town could be
anywhere. The town is a lovely town (with up so floating many bells down)
and Anyone lives a full life, singing of roads not taken and dancingly
engaging in his choices. The seasons are passing by, one after each.

The other men and women, or so it seemed to Anyone, did not care whether he
lived or died. They did not notice him, for that matter, and their lives
were not enriched by what Anyone had to offer. In fact, they saw him not,
as we see the sun and the stars and the moon during a rainy day.

Children in Anyone's town were more observant. They had not yet become so
self-absorbed and so disinterested in others that they did not see Anyone.
And so seeing him, they could see that he was in love with, and loved by,
Noone. The seasons continue to pass.

Anyone and Noone were lovers, they were best friends, they were everything
to each other. They shared the joys and sorrows, quiet times and active
times and they made each other's world complete.

Meanwhile the other people in the town were also marrying their loves,
sharing their ups and downs, saying their prayers and dreaming in the
night. This is not to say that these others were negative, but that they
were simply unknown to Anyone, who could not have guessed their dreams had
he tried.

Again, the passage of time in the world gives rise to the curious question
of how children living in such a lovely town can lose their wonderment and
joyful innocence as they grow older. Perhaps this is caused by the stark
cold and frigid landscapes of winter (inside and out?).

Eventually, as we all do, Anyone died. Noone was there and kissed his face.
Again, as time passed, they were eventually buried side by side by the
seemingly "busy folk" of the town. Again, we all look "busy" to each other.
This is not a negative, but a poetic way of handling the natural distance
that exists between even the closest of neighbors.

Anyone and Noone have gone on to the "after-life" where their memories,
their hopes, their dreams, are all just fancies that are now buried into
the earth. They are spirits now and the answer to the question "if...?" can
always be yes if we wish it to be so, romantically.

Meanwhile, the rest of the men and women of the town went on with their
lives, with the seasons passing in succession. They reaped the fruits of
their efforts as they continued their coming and goings (busy lives). And
nature abides...


Troy from United States

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