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

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Comment 36 of 426, 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 426, 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 426, 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 426, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

of course I meant childhood,loss and friendship

louise from Australia
Comment 32 of 426, added on July 9th, 2005 at 7:13 PM.

a perfect poem about chidhood, loss and childhood

louise from Australia
Comment 31 of 426, 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 426, 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 426, 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 426, 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 426, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 10:31 PM.

thIs PoEm ArE the GreaTeSt EvAr!

Alen from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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