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Comment 58 of 888, added on September 21st, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

Sorry Danielle, but Nicolette's comment is certainly NOT stupid. And don't
you think it ironic that you make the comment about spelling in relation to
a discussion about E.E. Cummings?
If there is one thing about Cummings poetry that I have felt over the
years, it is that he may have been angry about the way people treated each
other and the torment they cause each other in the name of "patriotism" and
"religion", (that may have come with having been an ambulance driver and
prisoner of war in WWI) but he was not unkind. Danielle, there is no room
in a discussion about art for belittling comments. You owe Nicollette an
apology.


Barb from United States
Comment 57 of 888, added on September 20th, 2005 at 5:47 PM.

I think that Nicolette's comment is stupid. How can you understand and
appreciate a great poets work, if you can't even spell right! And no, e.e.
cummings poem isn't mainly a love story. It is explaining to people how
they should live thier lives. e.e. cummings believes that you should live
your life in what ever way makes you happy, and never conform.

Danielle from United States
Comment 56 of 888, added on September 20th, 2005 at 1:34 AM.

Im in 10th grade and my la teacher shared this poem with us. At first no
one got it but soon it was easy to see this poem was a true love poem about
anyone and noone. I jsut wanted to let the other people on this site know
taht their comments helped em understand the poem and thank you because it
such a graet one

Nicolette
Comment 55 of 888, added on September 18th, 2005 at 6:49 AM.

Like nearly everyone here I love this poem. Thanks to other peoples
comments on this site i have understood it more. I agree that he scarily
captures life in this poem. the hopes , dreams , the everlasting quest to
find true love. and how the world doesn't stop for anyone, there isnt a
'movie moment' in anyone's life, where time stands still. Its quite
depressing to be honest, as it is a perfect example of how live is simply
too short and unfair, for those who don't find TRUE LOVE, which is the
majority.

Tara from United Kingdom
Comment 54 of 888, added on September 11th, 2005 at 11:14 AM.

This is my absolute favorite e.e. cummings poem. It tells about life and
how you can choose to live it well (she laughed his joy, she cried his
grief) or you can choose to live it badly (they reaped there sowing and
went there came.) And then he insterts some magically stanzas in between,
to give it something more than just ordinary life; love. (with up so
floating many bells down) Also, he takes you through many seasons, as well
as many years of love and toil. (sun moon stars and rain) The line that
really stands out to me though is down they forgot as up they grew, because
it states that as you grow up, you lose they knowledge of inocence and the
knowledge of no knowledge or being safe in being naiive. Overall, this
poem is just wonderful for being explanitory as well as mysterious. If you
don't understand this poem, you might be trying to hard. You have to let
the poem wash over you and just take it as it is. There isn't really a big
hidden meaning. If you still don't get it, this might help: anyone is a
man, whom noone, a woman, loves. stars sun moon and rain signifes the
turning of seasons and dongs and dings are stupid people who don't look
beyond there imediate lives. They don't look for love or anything beyond
there ordianary exsistance. Hope that helps. Enjoy.

Katherine from United States
Comment 53 of 888, added on August 21st, 2005 at 7:54 PM.

It is amazing to me to read the comments of what appear to be "young"
people commenting on and reading and enjoying a poem that was written
almost 100 years ago! We read this in our lit class in the early '60's! It
was a puzzle then and it still is, it appears. Maybe to have more insight
or depth of perception into the poem, one could study ee cummings and his
life. But maybe that would contribute more to the puzzle.:-)

M.Snow from United States
Comment 52 of 888, added on August 13th, 2005 at 4:16 AM.

Cummings saw the atrocities of human nature and how men and women relate to
each other in true love. With a conflict go on today 08.13.2005, it's hard
not to see that many of our men and women are giving there final kisses.
Floating Bells down is the crowds that cheer for our fallen warriors and
warrioresses, life is never fair. Only a few, normally not at the top of
the ladder, know what isnít like to lose a loved one, and the cost is very
high. They can give lip service all they want, but innocent men and women
are dying at this very moment and will be written on another wall in
Washington D.C. only this time it won't be the Asian war. We can learn
allot from this poem, But only a few will know of the heartbreak of
orphans, dead spouses and son's and daughter's lost over a belief.
Believing in our country is first, believing in a lie is despicable.

Steve Finley from United States
Comment 51 of 888, added on August 11th, 2005 at 6:54 AM.

I loved this poem from the first time that I ever read it. It shows that if
teo people are really in love, then nothing else in the whole world
matters. However we all to soon forget this feeling of innocence.

Lara from United Kingdom
Comment 50 of 888, added on July 11th, 2005 at 6:38 PM.

I think the line, "(with up so floating many bells down)" has to do with
the fact that the men and women are oblivious "Ding-Dongs". anyone and
noone are in love and it is literary tradition to put lovers up (be it in
the clouds, on the moon, etc.) however, it is the bells (that go "ding
dong") that bring them down.

Georgia from United States
Comment 49 of 888, added on June 14th, 2005 at 11:05 PM.

I was thinking that the "(and only the snow can begin to explain how
children are apt to forget to remember with up so floating many bells
down)" line menat something about only time can tell (the whole seasonal
references made multiple time w/ each of the seasons beign stages of
life)...anyway only time can tell why children grow up to be these
conformists as well and why they don't consider the possibility of change
in the monotony.
...and maybe: I see motion in the bells line and I think it refers to the
redundancy of the twon and how it goes back and forth like a bell over and
over and over...

Tee Bee

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