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

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Comment 67 of 397, added on January 19th, 2006 at 7:07 AM.

Hi, i just wanted to say how useful all these comments have been! I would
like toknow if any of you know wether there are any other discussions going
on on the other questions of the paper...
Many thanks!

Elodie from United Kingdom
Comment 66 of 397, added on January 16th, 2006 at 12:31 PM.

again...an AS stunent! no surprise there.
the style of this poem is child like so the movements and motifs should
represent that, but in the second half of the poem, the tone changes. it
becomes more subdued and fearful. possibly showing a different aspect to
her personality.
she seems connected to the sea in some way, saying that she goes there to
find herself.

cheers for reading this. its only my opinion, theres probably a million
different interprataitons of it...

becky from United Kingdom
Comment 65 of 397, added on January 16th, 2006 at 10:55 AM.

like the last 10 comments i am also an as student of dance and studing the
question i think that the girls are different personalites of one person
and deal with different themes within the poem like childhood, loniness and
the nusery style shows that going back to childhood can help you with your
problems which is illustrated by the last two lines. the beach is a
repersentative of the childhood and movement motifs could stat with beach

nikki from United Kingdom
Comment 64 of 397, added on January 15th, 2006 at 3:17 PM.

When I first looked at this question, I cried! But when I looked a little
deeper, I came up with my own interpretation. I feel that the characters
are just pretending that they are playing on the beach - a child-like game.
The way the poem is written also suggests that it is meant to be read as if
a child is telling a story without taking any breaths as 'and' is used to
link every stanza!

NLR from United Kingdom
Comment 63 of 397, added on January 15th, 2006 at 12:15 PM.

hey i'm the same as everyone else i'm researching this poem for as dance,
everyones comments have actually been helpful, but i think i might do the

Emily from United Kingdom
Comment 62 of 397, added on January 15th, 2006 at 7:33 AM.

the idea of the whole four different personalities is brilliant and the way
cummings refers to the beach because it is mainly everyones childhood
memories. Can anyone think of a starting point for a motif because here i
am totally lost? Thanks

Emma from United Kingdom
Comment 61 of 397, added on January 13th, 2006 at 12:10 PM.

i think th poem is about one woman who has diffrent moods and feelings and
how she copes. the first (maggie) is her simple way of cope ing with stress
and troubles. the seconed (milly)shows her frendly side and how she has no
predudice. the 3rd (molly)shows how she is easily scared and runs from her
problems and fears. the 4th (may) shows how no matter what she shows on the
out side she allways feels alone and trapped as the sea is stopping her.
the last bit to me means what eva we do or show on the outside within is
very diffrent. thnx 4 reading xx

Beth from United Kingdom
Comment 60 of 397, added on January 12th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

like many of the other poeple who have commmented on this poem i am an AS
dance student and have found some of the comments on this site very useful
in my research as i felt it was important to find out other people's
opinions on the poem. though i have found that no one has actually
commmented on the fact that e e cummings does not use capital letters and
puntuation in his writing which was due to his strong feeling against
capitalism which delves into a whole other kettle of fish, i think u'll
find!! i hope that this will add another dynamic to help your peice.... and
good luck to every one!

jesney from United Kingdom
Comment 59 of 397, added on January 11th, 2006 at 2:22 PM.

im doing AS dance, as most people, we too have been told to research all
questions and this is the only one i have had trouble with. To Sarah, we
were told that you would be better not trying to represent each character
separatly but rather the story in depth and what you think the meaning of
the overall poem might be. for example i thought it could be one person,
and the different aspects of their personality.

gemma from United Kingdom
Comment 58 of 397, added on January 11th, 2006 at 9:37 AM.

I am an AS Dance student at the TAD (Turkish Association of Dance)

Ravik from Turks and Caicos Islands

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