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Comment 168 of 938, 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 938, 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
Comment 166 of 938, added on February 13th, 2009 at 6:16 AM.

GG, you're a snob, obviously. Maybe I wouldn't compare something by ee
cummings to "Pretty Woman" but of course 45 is right. And yes, it is a
metaphore. But their is poetic sarcasm in that metaphore. Who knows true
loneliness? Those who have truly loved and been loved. this beautiful
poem is an observation... one that I love more and more the older i get and
the more I read it. we all live in pretty how towns, and whatever we
think, we may may be no bodies, but we're everything to some one.

jane from United States
Comment 165 of 938, added on February 12th, 2009 at 11:14 AM.

Concerning comment #45 by Jill on e.e. cummings' anyone lived in a pretty
how town...

I read your remarks and thought you were joking for a few sentences with
your critique of the poem...but, after reading all that you have written, I
see that you are serious...

Noone is a metaphor for alone, as in, NO ONE.
"Anyone" married his loneliness and it was buried with him.

You made some other erroneous observations, as well, that I do not have the
time to address. I would suggest that you surf the internet for more
interpretative resources for this poem.

GG from United States
Comment 164 of 938, added on October 29th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

At first we were very confused by this poem. After looking at the poem
again, we were able to guess what it meant. We figured that Anyone and
Noone were people, and from there we were able to understand the poem. It
rocks!!! We decided even though its kinda weird, we like it.

6th graders-Utah from United States
Comment 163 of 938, added on September 24th, 2008 at 12:42 PM.

I have taught this poem to 2nd, 2rd, and 5th graders. It is simply my
favorite poem. Once as a final leeson on the last day of school, I was
reciting this gorgeous poem to my class and I was so caught up that I broke
down emotionally . . . just as my principal walked into my classroom! She
said not to worry, that kids need to see that poetry can move a grown man.

Hector M. Barrientos from United States
Comment 162 of 938, added on May 22nd, 2008 at 1:24 PM.


story from United States
Comment 161 of 938, added on April 21st, 2008 at 11:50 AM.

Mrs.Bangert, this is practice:
I like how it makes me think. I like having to decifer it, and how it lists
the times of year. I'll get more into it with lit terms and what not after
I make sure this will work.

kristianna sierra from United States
Comment 160 of 938, added on April 15th, 2008 at 10:03 PM.

Read more carefully before you go off on someone.
David, I totally agree.

Tim from United States
Comment 159 of 938, added on April 14th, 2008 at 1:47 PM.

i believe this poem to be amazing. Most of his work is extremely sexual,
(this one only alludes to it somewhat,) but what he says about love and
life. The people who can get something from his creativity and allow it to
inspire and change them are truly blessed.

Veronica from United States

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