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Comment 136 of 956, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:39 AM.

this poem at firstwas hard to understand because or the fragmentation used
in the poem. also the use of repitition and words in different tenses added
to the confusion, such as "said their nevers they slept their dream". this
created a need to think deeply about the poem to fully comprehend what is
being said. also the use of parenthisis give added detail to the writters

Jase Nosal from United States
Comment 135 of 956, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:18 AM.

This poem is about lives of residents in a nameless town. In this
poem,'anyone' live in the town and 'no-one'is the only person who cares
about him. Eventually 'anyone' dies and 'no-one' is heart broken, which the
society just keep going. This poem is refering that people still need to
live their life no matter what. The style of cummings is well shown in
this poem: lowercase letters, not standard English punctuation, and
repeating of some phrase, in this case, he repeated 'pretty how town'.

Alice Hsu from United States
Comment 134 of 956, added on May 24th, 2007 at 11:13 PM.

I believe this poem is about people growing up and doing all the good and
bad, the pretty and the ugly. It's interesting the way Cummings word usage
displays the craziness of life. Everyone in life does basically the same
thing, it's like the growing process. We all mature in the same
progressions, although each of our experiences are very different, like
this poem.

Kaylie from United States
Comment 133 of 956, added on May 15th, 2007 at 9:10 AM.

i think the poem talks about a town and the love story of anyone and noone.
maybe if we read closer, there are still more to be revealed.

mitch from Philippines
Comment 132 of 956, added on May 9th, 2007 at 12:38 PM.

In the poem "anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E.E. Cummings, I think
that it is about how children grow up to do great things and how they see
the world. The quote "A childs view is one of the most innocent things in
the world" (google.com) is what explains this entire poem in one sentence.
It tells the reader that children can be very innocent things but later in
life they loose that innocence to the corrupt and adult world they are
forced to grow up in. Lastly, this poem will never be forgotten and should
be taught to children all around the world.

Matthew Fauls from United States
Comment 131 of 956, added on April 24th, 2007 at 12:59 PM.

Megan, David was quoting someone else at the beginning of his comment. His
second paragraph is his actual thoughts on the matter.

Omid from United States
Comment 130 of 956, added on April 20th, 2007 at 8:01 PM.

David: Excuse me, but it sounds as if you are the one who has not read his
work, or you have not read carefully. You, yourself just mentioned that he
HATED it when people did NOT capitalize his name, which I believe means he
wanted his name spelled E.E. Cummings. Publishers had assumed that it would
be alright to write his name in lower case, but he did not approve of it.
You also mentioned that he thinks it is disrespectful for others not to
capitalize his name, so why would you want to disrespect him? Do more
research smartypants. I don't think you had a good reason to put down all
of the people that took the time to put their comments up just as you did.
Think about that.

Megan from United States
Comment 129 of 956, added on April 13th, 2007 at 10:33 PM.

"what is with everyone capitalizing EE! Do you know nothing about the man?,
he didn't capitalize anything, so please make it e.e cummings! "

I do know something about the man. Have you ever read his books? Based on
your comment I assume you've just read some of his poems. He always said
that he hates when people don't capitalize his name. He doesn't capitalize
it because it's HIS name. He thinks it's disrespectful for others to not
capitalize it.

David from United States
Comment 128 of 956, added on April 12th, 2007 at 9:15 AM.

I think this poem is talking to all people who are from the idyllic small
town. Picture a Bedford Falls kind of place right out of "It's a Wonderful
Life". I dont really get the reference to the bells, but as someone
mentioned it signals the passing of time, and I suppose that makes sense.`I
think the mentioning of seasons does match the passing of time.
Then the next line is "he sang his didn't he danced his did". It makes me
think of the proverb about actions speak louder than words. And the person
told all the things he wouldn't do, but we can see what he actually did
through his actions. (Like people may say when I grow up I am going to get
out of this small town, but years later, they are still in the same

I read how somebody mentioned the little and small relates to the size of a
person's mind and I liked that explaination (otherwise I had no idea), but
I feel this one reflects how people are becoming more distnat from
eachother and more selfish. "They sowed their isn't they reaped their same"
to me means that they did not put all of their possible effort into the
things they did, and the results they got back were also less than perfect.
The last line in that stanza again marks the passing of time.

The "children guessed but only a few as down they forgot as up they grew)"
to me relates to the innocent dreams of a child. I remember how when I was
a child I wanted to be a rockstar and now my son is thinking of being a
fighter pilot, astronaut, or garbage man... the thing is that all kids have
plans and dreams when they are young, but as they grow older they forget.)
So the idea is that children tend to have big dreams when they are young
but they forget them as they grow older. (the last line is one I cannot
make so much sense of... but maybe just again echoing the distance from
others or isolation... but also maybe hinting that at this point that the
unimportant person has not found his true love or soulmate)

So after some time passes, it is time to add another leaf to the so called
family tree... a girl comes a long who shares in the job and grief of the
man (which I think reflects the pre womans lib attitude of the rold of a
woman towards a man.) I dont understand the bird by snow and stir by still
part... but the part that anyones any was all to her... refers to the
parents having a child who is important to the girl...

and eventually they get married.... someones married their everyones (so
when you get married the person you care most about is your everyone) and
as a married couple the experience both happiness and sadness. and they get
through their difficult times and continue with their life. the "sleep wake
hoe and then they said their nevers and they slept their dream) this refers
to how you get settled in a pattern of life go to bed, wake up, work, and
repeat.... there are things that you say you are never going to do (i.e. I
am never going to be like my parents or I would never have any children)
and then you end up never taking action to achieve the things in your

This next one is one of my favorite stanzas. First it refers to the passing
of time... then "and only the snow can begin to explain how children are
apt to forget to remember with up so floating many bells down) I dont get
the part about the bells... but I think the part about snow can be
understood in this way.... Perhaps if you are from a northern area where
you get a lot of snow you can remember as a child how magical and exciting
the snow once was, you could spend a long time outside building snowmans,
sledding, having snowball fights, building a snowfort, making
snowangels.... but as time passes, snow just becomes a cold burden that you
need to shovel it looses its magic.... and because the snow experiences
this change in attitude from people in how something is a magical
wonderland can turn to a freezing burden, the snow has felt this through
the contact with people and it can begin to explain how children forgot the
things that they guessed they would become when they are younger...

the part about one day anyone died I guess... I guess I think of this is a
metaphorical death. There comes a point in your life when you lose your
dreams... this is when you die. I have met many people who are living but
their soul or spirit is dead. Consider how much life is in the people who
are stuck in a cubical knowing they will never achieve the things that
hoped to do. There also comes a point in the marriage when the couple grows
distant and maybe people also stop caring about eachother so much... so it
does not necessarily have to be a real death but more of a spiritual death.
The busy folk just pass the who have lost their dreams and little by little
was by was all by all and deep by deep (yeah, I dont get that part at all.)
Maybe maybe slowly people let of of their dreams little by little and they
become memories of the past and get buried deeper and deeper in the memory
once they have been let go and as time passes they find instead of
ambitious hopes and dreams they are let go and the only dreams people have
are the ones when they are sleeping but they are no longer the goal
oriented dreams. All people are experiencing this and (dont get the earth
by april) and I dont understand the part wish by spirit and if by yes.
Women and men all live their time on the life and they get the things from
the effort that they have provided, and their time here passes (this is the
actual death---not the metaphorical one) and again the reference to

Over all I sometimes feel the poem is incredibly depressing, but at others
I can see something that is completly inspirational. I think it is sad in
the sense that people grow up and forget their dreams, but I find it
inspirational in the sense that I feel this poem tries to remind you that
that is something that happens and by calling your attention to it, it
encourages you not to forget your dreams but to accomplish something. I
think it is important to remember we only have a short time to accomplish

I feel the overall tone as the poem is read is happy and uplifting, and I
guess that is why I feel the poem is not intended to be depressing.

Teya Yu from United States
Comment 127 of 956, added on April 9th, 2007 at 8:32 PM.

It is only confusing because he uses general pronouns that are none
specific. If you substitute all the 'anyone's and 'no one's for a name the
poem actually makes sense. It' s a story of someone's life.
The reason why it is no specific is so that everyone can better apply the
poems to themselves and their own lives.

Mary from Canada

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