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Comment 101 of 951, added on January 5th, 2006 at 10:10 AM.

I first read e.e. cummings in second year University and was instantly
inthralled by his works. It was in a satire class and came to me at that
point in my life when I was just so ready to do everything differently than
everyone else, to rebell against the sadness that everyday life brought me
and find the happyness that exists for those who look. Naturally, this
poem stood out to me the most and is probably my favourite poem of all
time! I wish e.e. cummings was still alive so that I could personally
thank him for his beauty. Instead I'll have to spend the rest of my life
introducing his works to other people instead.

Doug from Canada
Comment 100 of 951, added on January 4th, 2006 at 4:15 PM.

I think this poem is about how these two people, anonymous to most, but
everything to each other, get by. Their every being revolves around the
other's existence. The seasons go on, but as long as they still have each
other, everything is alright. It seems that no one really understands the
two... yet they understand each other, which is why they lack specific
names in the poem, bc it doesn't matter, as long as they know who the other
is. "she laughed his joy, she cried his grief"- they were everything
together, they could take on each other's feelings. "Anyone's any was all
to her"- it seems as though no matter how miniscule the portion of his
life, weather it be what he drinks, or what sock he wears, "no one" cared,
because it was "anyone's" and that's all that mattered to her. At the end
how it says they "went their came", I interpret it to mean that they served
each other in life, and when the other was gone their purpose was as well.
And after they are buried by the aloof "busy people" it says "noone and
anyone earth by april"- so it's like they lived life as one and that's just
how they ended up. Two people- always one. No matter where they are.

One might ask, how can someone be someone's no one... if they are
everything to them. But that's the beauty of it, the person is no one to
so many, but to that one person in life, just "anyone" to everyone else, is

Feel free to e-mail and let me know what you think or your other
interpretations, I'm enthralled in this poem.

Michelle Poremski from United States
Comment 99 of 951, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 7:13 PM.

thank You, c.g.ray. (comment 1)

Jasmine from United States
Comment 98 of 951, added on December 4th, 2005 at 2:05 PM.

This Poem is unbeleivable. It is the greatest poem I have ever read. It
leaves you with so much to think about. It can be interperted in so many
ways. The first time I read the poem I didn't understand it but i liked it
so much that I read it again and again and finally I came up with my own
interpertation of the poem. To me it is tellng you to live your life as
happily as you can with as many friends and as you can or else you will end
up dieing unhappily.

Comment 97 of 951, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 5:55 PM.

When I visualize this poem, I always think of two fairies, anyone and
noone. I think it is because the two seem tiny and insignificant, but
intricate and fascinating at the same time. The choice of language leads me
to fell they are both closely tied to nature, with the seasons, weather,
stars and birds an active part of their life. Take it with a grain of salt,
of course, but that's how this piece speaks to me.

Jennifer from United States
Comment 96 of 951, added on November 21st, 2005 at 1:06 PM.

An article for E. E. Cummings fans and this site's administrator to read:

"Decapitalization of E. E. Cummings"


Perhaps this site will take note and make the appropriate corrections.

anon from United States
Comment 95 of 951, added on November 16th, 2005 at 11:33 PM.

this poem has a bit of a sad feeling to it, but it speaks the truth. often
no one and anyone are exchangable. i thought it was a ponderous poem; it
made me think.

adam from United States
Comment 94 of 951, added on November 16th, 2005 at 6:51 PM.

This is my favorite poem ever! I wish I could be in love like no one and
anyone were. And for those of you who don't understand the poem... maybe
you should look a little closer at the words no one and anyone... It might
start to make sense. The poem is beautiful and I lvoe Cummings work!

Ashley from United States
Comment 93 of 951, added on November 15th, 2005 at 3:29 PM.

I think that this poem was a poem that expressed a lot of emotions,and
love, yet rejection,and shame. It was a very strange poem, byt very
interesting at the same time.

Anthony Jochim from United States
Comment 92 of 951, added on November 15th, 2005 at 3:25 PM.

This poem makes me think about how people ignore people who seem to be
nothing. Although, once they are not there anymore, people then notice what
they were missing out on in life. These two people, described as someone
and anyone, live an abnormal life style. Everyone else live the normal,
respectable life style, while this one couple is so different that they are
excluded from the comunity. People lead their boring, every-day lifestyles,
these peoople are out of the ordinary. I believe that this poem is telling
us that you should respect others differences in your community, often
times they can teach you how to live a happy, youthful lifestyle. Also,
that you sahould not ignore members of your community because if you do,
your community will fall apart. Therefore you need to be an active member
in your community, Getting all of hte people in your community to
paricipate in activities. It is very important to involve yourself in your
community so that you can have a full and exciting life.

Mr. Friedman from United States

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