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Comment 38 of 418, added on November 28th, 2005 at 6:03 PM.

ok so i'm not a poetry buff or anything, but i understood this poem as a
discovery of personality traits. each girl finds out something different
about themselves. i think that
"may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone."
can be interpreted as how no matter how big the world is, or how many
people someone has that love and care about that person, he or she could
still be very lonely.

meryl from United States
Comment 37 of 418, added on November 7th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

I think I read this poem in 7th grade!!!

jen pinkowski from United States
Comment 36 of 418, added on October 12th, 2005 at 1:26 PM.

e.e. cummings rocks. This is one of my all-time favorite peoms in the
world. And I believe that-
'may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.' is the most memorable line is
this poem, and perhaps at LEAST the second best piece of a poem in the
It comes off as meaning many different things to everyone, but no matter
what it means, it always has a GREAT meaning. To be able to do that with
just two lines of poetry is a wonderous thing. It speaks to the soul, and
all that.

Comment 35 of 418, added on October 9th, 2005 at 6:24 PM.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these comments about the poem. I am
about to give a vocal recital this comming February and am doing research
on my pieces. One of the pieces I am singing is "Seashore Girls" which is
a musical setting of this poem by Richard Hundley. If any of you get a
chance, you should find a copy of it. I found a few online, but they
aren't the best in terms of quality.

I just thought I'd share. It's a beautiful setting. Hundley really
captured what cummings wanted to say. Thanks again for the insight.

Emily from United States
Comment 34 of 418, added on September 4th, 2005 at 11:38 AM.

its one of E.E cummings better poems its positivly wonder

Tiki from South Africa
Comment 33 of 418, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

of course I meant childhood,loss and friendship

louise from Australia
Comment 32 of 418, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

a perfect poem about chidhood, loss and childhood

louise from Australia
Comment 31 of 418, 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 418, 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 418, 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

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: maggie and milly and molly and may
Added: Jan 31 2004
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