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Comment 87 of 397, 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 397, 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

ellen from United Kingdom
Comment 85 of 397, 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 397, 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 397, 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 397, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:42 AM.

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
Comment 81 of 397, added on January 27th, 2006 at 10:19 AM.

hiya. im studying A level dance aswell and i think this poem is a great
option. Cummings life is very complex and his style of writing is so
unique. i was considering using a piece of music based on the sea as each
character shows their emotions or relationships with the sea and what they
get from it. i think there are alot of hidden meanings and i was an
excellent stimulus for my choreography.

Claire from Ireland
Comment 80 of 397, added on January 26th, 2006 at 3:21 PM.

im doin alevel dance aswell n coniderin this question. i love it n was the
1st thing that jumped out at me. theres summit twited about it but i cant
figure out what. xx

Kat from United Kingdom
Comment 79 of 397, added on January 24th, 2006 at 10:24 AM.

maggie and milly and molly and may.... could they be four people or could
they be just one person.

Another point, the names maggie and miller etc are never written in capital
letters as they should do, so has Cummings wrote this poem from a childs
point of view, an example of this is on stanza four when Cummings writes
"and molly was chased by a horrible thing" Adults generally would'nt say
this so was this poem written from a childs point of view.

Is this poem based on memories or lonliness?

As for music i have no idea, although myself and two other people have
suggested a song by Norah Jones

This was probably no help to anybody but anyway happy dancing and good luck
with the exam in April

Daniel from United Kingdom
Comment 78 of 397, added on January 24th, 2006 at 5:51 AM.

hi,i am a dance student too and i am thinking about doing this question.
But id like some more information on its backround, and what sort of music
should i play? x


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