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Comment 14 of 64, added on December 20th, 2011 at 1:47 AM.
I think Alyssa forgot that the speaker is a child. That explains the
simplicity and the lack of some profound "commentary" on Christmas trees.
The child sees only the beauty of the tree and the decorations and the
shining moment they share. And we are reminded that we, too, can share in
this beauty by seeing the tree as a child would.
Elena may be thinking of the setting of this poem by Eric Whitacre. Like
all his work, this is a beautiful composition. You can hear it on youtube.
Buddy Sattva from United States
Comment 13 of 64, added on January 25th, 2010 at 8:40 PM.
bgfzd from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 64, added on December 6th, 2009 at 7:29 PM.
what is essential
how sad for alyssa to miss what is essential in the poem. It is invisible
to the eye.
Mick Day from United States
Comment 11 of 64, added on February 8th, 2009 at 9:05 PM.
Despite everyone else's praise for the poem, I find it to be the weakest of
E.E. Cummings that I have read. It's overdramatic in the images of the
ornaments and tree, and the conflicting images make an overall unsure poem.
The attitude on the Christmas tree in general is not seen.
alyssa from United States
Comment 10 of 64, added on March 17th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.
This poem was turned into a song (SATB) and it is absolutley beautiful.
Sounds as if a little child is singing. Loved it and hope it will open more
people up to e.e cummings.
Elena from United States
Comment 9 of 64, added on December 24th, 2005 at 8:21 PM.
i've always felt so sad for those christmas trees and reading e e cummings'
poem about that same feeling makes me appreciate his work even more. i had
never thought about the tree decorations in their boxes all year, but when
one thinks about it, they are preparing for one great, shining moment - i
feel that many see the winter holiday season in this way- the sadness and
confusion and the glitter...
Liz from United States
Comment 8 of 64, added on December 18th, 2005 at 7:04 PM.
Thsi is a great poem. I am a 11 year old who is studying e.e. cummings and
this poem is perfect. It is not dull or confusing.
angela from United States
Comment 7 of 64, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 3:20 PM.
this is suchh a cool poem!! it fits just right! even though its not
Karen from United States
Comment 6 of 64, added on May 28th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.
This poem is one of the few poems that is very sweet, but not too dramatic
or boring. It's a good example of a non-rhyming poem (some non-rhyming
poems are very dull but this one is very good)
nothin from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 5 of 64, added on April 6th, 2005 at 9:07 AM.
this poem makes me think of little girls in my room
Lauren F from Ghana
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