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Analysis and comments on maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings

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Comment 91 of 191, added on February 28th, 2006 at 1:44 PM.

obviously another dancer, thought id give my input. basically what im
doing, is taking each character and giving them a different personality, so
scared, happy, sad etc. and portraying these personalities through
movement. the sea, being a recurring theme in the poem will be a recurring
theme in the dance. I am going to make up a section for the sea, and repeat
it after every character, so the dance will be in rondeaux form - a b a c a
d e etc... i have also got one motif which i start off with, and then
repeat it in every section with developments...for instance my character
for may is a sad one, so i will perform the phrase maybe more slowly and
with smaller movements, maybe floorwork.
this is such a hard question to put into movement, obviously there are lots
of ideas about what the poem means, but to put it into movement is a
different matter. this probably hasn't helped anybody...but i guess its a
good idea to know how other people are handling the question....good luck
everyone!
xxxxx

Sarah
Comment 90 of 191, added on February 24th, 2006 at 2:48 AM.

hey peeps,
i chose this one 2. i couldn't decide what 2 make of this poem + my latest
idea is that the 1 speaker is in turmoil with herself and how she
endeavours to cope with these strong, almost sctizophrenic (soz spelling!)
trates of personality but im totally baffled by the end line what do you
think peeps? ps monica think your interpretations are tres good :) xxxx

chair from United Kingdom
Comment 89 of 191, added on February 10th, 2006 at 4:21 PM.

Hey yup as level dance student and i have chosen this poem. I think there
are four separate girls each who deal with theair problems in a different
way. I got stressed out too and my teacher just told me to go and paddle in
the sea! It really helped. I am trying to come up with a motif for "and"
because I think it is significant. I also think this poem is about death
and grief and getting through the different stages, ignoring it, running
away from it, confronting it and finally getting through it. I have made
some of my movements very childlike, eg head tilts focus down, etc. I would
be grateful for anyone else's help. Thanks

Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 88 of 191, added on February 9th, 2006 at 5:06 AM.

WEll...........HELP!!!!!
me and jen cant find any research on this damn poem, it just tells us the
poem, and gives us no information on the structurew themes and main ideas
etc...
But overal, a lovely poem which can b well interpretated into an A*
Dance...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
good luck with yours
love jen and jen
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

the jens from United Kingdom
Comment 87 of 191, added on February 8th, 2006 at 6:44 PM.

My interpretaion of this poem is that the speaker has lost herself. maggie,
milly, molly, and may are the speakers attempts to find herself. In Maggie
the speaker tried to drown out her troubles with a sweet song, which I take
to mean that instead of dealing with her issues she igonored them and only
payed attention to the things she could deal with. In Milly the speaker
finds a star that is not where it belongs and it has lost its spirit; it
has become weak. I think this is how the speaker feels, stuck somewhere she
doesn't belong and unable to do anything about it. In Molly the speaker's
worst fear comes true: that she cannot solve her problem, that it will
destroy her. What sticks out to me the most is that May is the only one
that "came home". In May, the speaker figures it out. She "came home with a
smooth round stone". Stones become smooth and round after years of being
hit by water. She has found herself! She is a product of all her
experiences, she was molded over time. However, this "her" she found is
alone, and that feeling makes the size of the world seem like nothing. She
found herself at the sea, the sea being her thinking over her experinces
and her life as a whole. That's why she went to the beach in the first
place. The beach is a place where she can think about her life
(represented by the sea) and find her answer.

monica from United States
Comment 86 of 191, added on February 6th, 2006 at 5:05 AM.

im doing this poem for my AS DANCE too, has anyone made a start on it yet?
Ive got quite a few ideas, motifs and steps and thought we could exchange
ideas.

ellen from United Kingdom
Comment 85 of 191, added on February 6th, 2006 at 4:19 AM.

I am doing this 4 AS level dance and so far enjoy it we have only just
started and am finding it really to come up the music.

Maimoona Peart from United Kingdom
Comment 84 of 191, added on February 1st, 2006 at 9:13 AM.

Hey, I am a AS Dance student, I have piked this poem but I am stuck on
weather Maggie and Milly and Molly and May are 4 girls or only 1 with
different personalites. Plus does any1 know the real meaning to this poem?

Dolly from United Kingdom
Comment 83 of 191, added on January 31st, 2006 at 3:55 PM.

hey, I'm doing this poem too for my As dance and I am so stuck cud you guys
help me with my motifs. I got so strssed out in my dance sibject that I
started crying. I just don't know what to do. I have a little bit of motif
for the smooth round stone which is just rubbinf different parts of my body
but my dance teacher said it doesn't really come across as smooth... PLEASE
HELP ME! xxx

Vivien from United Kingdom
Comment 82 of 191, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:42 AM.

hi
yes once again i am an A level dance student too! i am going to use the
poem as my stimulus and i am hoping to use american hifi, its not easy
being me. but not sure because the music has lyrics in it. i interpreted
the poem as being about someone who doesnt want to let go of their chilhood
and liked the idea of structuring the dance like a song,A B A C D
structure. wat do you think mail me!
happy moving.

Emily from United Kingdom

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