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

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Comment 33 of 393, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

of course I meant childhood,loss and friendship


louise from Australia
Comment 32 of 393, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

a perfect poem about chidhood, loss and childhood

louise from Australia
Comment 31 of 393, added on July 5th, 2005 at 7:27 PM.

"may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea"

^These lines are what the poem is mostly about. I agree with Dena from the
U.S. that the line "as small as a world and as large as alone." Is one of
the best lines of poetry ever written (maybe not THE best). The second to
last line of this poem was also very strong, it is saying that if we lose
our way in life (followed by the last line) that says we can always confide
in the ocean.
E e cummings is my favorite poet ever, my brother likes T.S. Elliot, but I
dunno I think Cummings owns.

Kellen from United States
Comment 30 of 393, added on June 7th, 2005 at 9:42 PM.

i really liked this poem its pretty much about what u can find about
yourself in unexpected places.

coco from Brazil
Comment 29 of 393, added on June 1st, 2005 at 9:01 PM.

Does anyone remember this poem as a choral song? I sang it in 6th grade,
back in 1970. I wonder who wrote the music?

julie from United States
Comment 28 of 393, added on May 24th, 2005 at 5:52 PM.

I have never thought of it as a poem about how we deal with loss of a loved
one, but rather as the growing up of the four girls or four types of people
rather. They go down to the sea which seems to me to be the great wide
world. They leave home, go out into the world and what they learn of
themselves is what they bring back. It is just a thought. The "small as a
world and as large as alone" part is about the stone may finds as her mind
or state of mind. Each of us carries around a little world in our heads,
but for those of us who have felt loneliness, it is a state of mind, but it
can feel so vast. The may type is a thinker/imaginer.

JWLuikart from United States
Comment 27 of 393, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 10:31 PM.

thIs PoEm ArE the GreaTeSt EvAr!

Alen from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 26 of 393, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 9:18 AM.

maggie and milly and molly and may is a very good poem writen by e.e.
cummings. i think the poem is a little confusing in the begging. i am
doing a bio sketch about e.e. cummings for my english class and i needed to
choose 2 poems by a poet, i choose e.e. cummings. the poems i choose were
maggie and milly and molly and may, and anyone live in a pretty how town.
i don't understand anyone live in a pretty how town but i understand maggie
and milly and molly and may more than i understand anyone live in a pretty
how town. but i still need to understand both of them more than i do now.
i do understand the first part of the poem maggie and milly and molly and
may, but the last couple of stanzas make barely any sence to me. i know i
am stupid but i still don't understand them. i need to understand them by
tomorrow, because that is when my bio sketch is due, and i need to do that
stupid bio sketch that is due tomorrow. but still even though e.e.
cummings poems can be very confusing, he is still a wonderful very exellent
poet, but i still need to do my bio sketch on e.e. cummings, and then i
have to do a essay on maggie and milly and molly and may, and anyone live
ina pretty how town, one essay for each poem, so that is one bio sketch on
e.e. cummings, one essay on maggie and milly and molly and may, and one
essay on anyone live in a pretty how town, so i need some help by tomorrow.


Shara Sperry from United States
Comment 25 of 393, added on May 19th, 2005 at 10:50 PM.

what does as small as a world and as large as alone mean?

Sarah from United States
Comment 24 of 393, added on May 7th, 2005 at 7:17 PM.

I have always thought that this poem was written about how different people
react to the loss of loved ones in different ways. Some recover and some
never truly do. I think that he used the alliteration of the names to show
how alike the four subjects were and yet they all dealt with their loss in
their own way. I do agree with Richard about the capitalization. ee
cummings doesn't want us to focus on their names but on what they
discovered down at the beach.

Seattle from United States

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