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

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Comment 13 of 423, added on January 26th, 2005 at 5:11 PM.

This is one of the best poems i have ever read. It is in Adventures for
Readers, and anthology. I first read it in 6th grade, and i loved it right
away. I wish that the punctuation was not included, like the way e.e.
cummings had originaly written it.

M. Dempsey from United States
Comment 12 of 423, added on January 15th, 2005 at 11:00 AM.

the poem says to me we can't escape who we are. and in my opinion "as
small as a world and as large as alone" is the greatest line of poetry ever

dena from United States
Comment 11 of 423, added on January 14th, 2005 at 8:37 AM.

This poem has a very deep meaning & really made me think.I think
E.E.Cumming is just great.

eesha ahmad from Pakistan
Comment 10 of 423, added on November 19th, 2004 at 10:42 PM.

The poem had a very in depth meaning. Shows true character.

Michelle from United States
Comment 9 of 423, added on November 16th, 2004 at 11:47 AM.

i think one aspect of this poem is the fact that maggie and milly and molly
and may are all seperate people who are different, but are drawn together
by certain things, much like the sea and the sand and the rocks and the
shells are all very different but connected by one thing

whitney from United States
Comment 8 of 423, added on November 10th, 2004 at 7:20 PM.

Cummings uses the two little girls as a tableu for life. The sea side is
something we have all experienced as children and so the poet uses a
nursery rhyme like tone to suggest this. The poet seems to suggest that as
a child all our problems were non exsistent. We were satisfied with
exploring the world around us. But as adults we end up having much more to
worry about. Cummings seems to be saying that we could recapture our
problemless childhood by returning to the sea, and uses alliteration and
soft rolling words to echo the sound of the sea ,mainly through worlds with
the letter S like stone.
Just discovered Cumming and still trying to get my head around him, but I

Anna from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 423, added on November 9th, 2004 at 1:59 PM.

I don't understand why it's necessary to completely dissect every bit of
this poem. I think it speaks well for itself.

Comment 6 of 423, added on November 4th, 2004 at 12:41 PM.

This poem is so beautiful it comments for itself

Stephen from Brazil
Comment 5 of 423, added on October 11th, 2004 at 5:43 PM.

The author uses alliteration very effectively throughout the poem. “Maggie
and milly and molly and may,” is an obvious example of this. The opening
line in which this alliteration appears, sets the tone for the rest of the
poem. The similiarities in the four girls names create an image of four
sisters, even quadruplets, who head to the beach to spend a summer day
together. Alliteration is also used in the second stanza, “a shell that
sang so sweetly she.” This is effective because it uses the softness of the
“s” to portray to the reader the sound of singing that maggie found inside
her shell.

JJ Dynamite from Canada
Comment 4 of 423, added on October 3rd, 2004 at 8:41 PM.

Characteristic of Cummings, there are words within words in this poem. For
example, "beach" can be broken down into "be each." And notice that the
phrases within the parentheses are virtually interchangeable.

Eileen 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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