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Comment 126 of 946, added on March 13th, 2007 at 11:58 PM.

i found this poem accidentally when i was going through my english book. i
had to pick three to analyze and i thought that this was a wonderful poem.
I think that the mention of the seasons and the stars is to show the
passage of time just as the tolling of the bells. Cummings describes
growing up and the realization that our lives are not always what we wanr
them to be. He describes how we repress our true dreams and feelings. I
also think it describes how we are invisible to the world and the
realization that we cannot depend on others because they are too wrapped up
in their own lives. I have no clue if this is right but i truly enjoyed
this poem

flor from United States
Comment 125 of 946, added on February 26th, 2007 at 2:09 PM.

i've been looking at this poem for a while now trying to figure out what it
means. I've been reading other people's comments and something just clicked
for me regarding the line 'Women and men (both dong and ding)'. Both women
and men (dong and ding) represent the bells chiming which in turn represent
the passing of time much like the women and men getting older representing
the passing of years. i have no idea if that helps anyone but hey, thanks
for helping me to understand it more!

nicola from United Kingdom
Comment 124 of 946, added on February 8th, 2007 at 1:39 AM.

I hate e.e. cummings!!! jk but his poems are very hard to
understand...especialy this one! I haven't read that many but the ones I
have read in my English III class are very hard. I would have to say this
is a great poem because what I got out of it is that he is talking about
how people go from being totaly hated and invisable to totaly likeable and
very visable people. Good job e.e. cummings for making our English III
class work hard to understand the poems of yours that we have and will
in Oregon

Shelly from United States
Comment 123 of 946, added on December 11th, 2006 at 7:08 PM.

i think this poem speaks about life, and the human condition very well.
despite our illusions about what it should be, he bluntly talks about what
it will be. our dreams will become nothing, our friendships are
meaningless, and there will be no actual progress in life: how things are
now is how they always will be. the positive aspect of our lives, cummings
concludes, is our loving relationships.
with his tone of bitter reminiscence, he hints that we are doomed to
concentrate on our shortcomings. the poem describes its own futility as it
concludes the human condition is the desire to find the human condition.
happiness is not external - it is being internally content.

steve from United States
Comment 122 of 946, added on April 24th, 2006 at 1:00 PM.

It is nice to think of this poem as being about two specific people, anyone
and noone. The beauty of the story is that the pronouns speak of everyone.
Anyone whose ever been ignored or alone but found their noone who
completed their being. The poem, to me, is a story of the invisible
becoming visible, the unnoticed becoming loved even though the rest of the
world continues to evolve and change around them. It is a lilting piece of
poetry that reflects life and does so with a peculiarity that only cummings
could create.

Timothy from United States
Comment 121 of 946, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 5:54 PM.

personally this is one of my favorite poems i have read. one thing i love
about it is that he manages to fit 2 similar stories into one poem and both
give sort of seperate emotions but give the same central themes about
growing up and such. by different emotions i mean it's sort of sad how
someone may grow up all alone but then you just have to change the anyone
and noone into names and it's no longer really sad. i also love how the
lines just sound really cool and don't have to be straight forward with
their meaining. i dunno, i just like this poem alot. there is my ATTEMPT to
explain why i like it.

Cody from United States
Comment 120 of 946, added on April 20th, 2006 at 8:06 PM.

Dear Jesse,

I do not have to be eloquent to present an argument on americanpoems.com.
It seems that you and I come from the two main opinions on poetry which
happen to clash the most. I understand that you believe we should analyze
and such and psychoanalyze cummings and delve into his life to grasp why he
wrote what he wrote. But, I disagree. I come from the other, which
basically means that I believe that some basic biographical information
should be looked at, and that we should think about the poem while we are
reading it etc.

Here is basically what I believe: Poetry, a complex menagerie of words. Let
it be taken for what it is the first time eyes make contact, read until the
reader has no need for it (whether quickly or slowly), and
remembered for what it was. My background would help some understand my
poetry, but who cares about what meaning I gave it, I only care what you
bring to my work. Without a reader, my work is wasted, it's the least I can
do for a partner.

So, we both have great opinions, and we could argue and argue until our
fingers bleed, but it's not worth it. I respect your opinion, please
respect mine, that is all I ask. Sorry if I offended you previously.

-- ME

CHR from United States
Comment 119 of 946, added on April 19th, 2006 at 5:47 PM.

This poem is awesome! It was really hard to understand at first. I mean
REALLY hard. But I talked to my language teacher about it and she helped me
understand it more. And now, I just keep reading it and reading it and
getting more, and more out of it. He is talking about a town and two people
who were kind of outcasts. But in another way he was talking about the
world, and how we don't notice "anyone" or "noone". I think the poem was
written this way (I mean like, it doesn't really make sense if you read it
and don't think about it) because the world doesn't make sense. I mean, if
somebody "dances his own did", and "sings his own didn't" then we don't
notice him. I think this poem is a good way to look at our life and see how
we are living. THINK ABOUT IT!!

ps....notice that when he says anyone died he says: "anyone died I GUESS"
nobody noticed...THINK ABOUT IT!

Comment 118 of 946, added on April 19th, 2006 at 4:05 PM.

For more meaning, I have named the verses:
mid life

Paul Forquer from United States
Comment 117 of 946, added on April 17th, 2006 at 12:35 PM.

i do not understand this poem....

Cindy from Canada

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