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Comment 30 of 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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 420, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 10:31 PM.

thIs PoEm ArE the GreaTeSt EvAr!

Alen from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 26 of 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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
Comment 23 of 420, added on May 7th, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

Jamie, I think that Richard is correct. He uses caps for emphisisum. In
the poem
"anyone lived in a pretty how town", one of my favorites, Cummings
the word Woman twice. So in this poem, the names arenít important. The
subject is. But you're right to Jamie. He doesn't oftenly capitalize.
That's all I
wanted to say.

Amber from United States
Comment 22 of 420, added on May 7th, 2005 at 10:35 AM.

Actually it is to my working knowledge, Richard, since I am pracitcally an
expert on this poet, that Cummings does not captialize the names of the
girls because part of his unique style is that he makes typical
typographical errors. He seldom captitalizes anything.

Jamie from United States
Comment 21 of 420, added on May 5th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

anyways...let me explain to u what this poem means. In the title the girls
names arent capitalized meaning he wants us to focus more on the subject
matter rather than the people. Second Maggie is spelled differently than
the rest telling us to focus on what she finds which takes her troubles
away so the poem is about troubles. The Last stanza is telling us that we
are not the only ones on this earth who have bad days or are feeling bad
and that we can always find something or someone to ease our troubles.

Richard Wright III from United States

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