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

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Comment 8 of 428, 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 428, 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 428, added on November 4th, 2004 at 12:41 PM.

This poem is so beautiful it comments for itself

Stephen from Brazil
Comment 5 of 428, 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 428, 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
Comment 3 of 428, added on September 26th, 2004 at 10:11 PM.

This poem has been a favorite of mine for over 25 years. I feel it
expresses the fact we are attracted to those things that reflect our
personalities. We all face similiar emotions. What better place to ponder
and find ourselves than by the sea shore?

Angela from United States
Comment 2 of 428, added on September 5th, 2004 at 12:46 PM.

This poem speaks of friendship, caring, sharing and self while the sea
provides a blanket of cover. A very powerful message.

Elaine Kaminsky
Comment 1 of 428, added on August 24th, 2004 at 8:35 AM.

this poem has a very deep meaning...this poem shows that it has been
written by a person who learnt so many things from this world..who is very
much experienced and mature...

Nazia Khawaja

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