Comment -170 of , added on October 2nd, 2005 at 9:46 PM.
The first character is both a "1" and and "l" as others have noted. When
Cummings wrote the poem, the coomon typewriter font did not distinguish --
at all -- between them. It's intentionally ambiguous.
from United States
Comment -171 of , added on September 24th, 2005 at 11:18 PM.
I think this poem is beautiful. I am only 15 years of age so I may not know
much about poems, but I loved this poem the very first time I read it and I
think the simplicity of it is what makes it so unique.
helen from Australia
Comment -172 of , added on September 1st, 2005 at 12:27 PM.
I believe, when you look at his poem-and I looked and read it many times
before I GOT it-one can visualize how a slender leaf may twirl as it falls
to the ground. It falls as a single entity. If you take the enclosed verse
(a leaf falls) then go back to read the left over letters, you get
"loneliness"-the two simply come together and create a lonely leaf falling.
That's my take on this poem and I'm sticking to it. Peace, Andrea
from United States
Comment -173 of , added on August 31st, 2005 at 1:56 PM.
too twisted for my taste,the man was crazy!!!
Comment -174 of , added on August 15th, 2005 at 4:37 AM.
I don't like this. Five words does not count as a poem, no matter which way
you organize it.
kerise from United States
Comment -175 of , added on August 7th, 2005 at 9:26 PM.
before i read "l(a," i wrote an untitled poem about loneliness...
i am a rose
in the shape of a
i can identify with his feelings of desperation. "l(a" has endeared me to
e. e. cummings for a lifetime.
Comment -176 of , added on July 5th, 2005 at 1:05 PM.
The reason for the confusion about the first character of the poem is that
when Cummings wrote it there weren't computers with different fonts, just
typewriters. If you look at the lowercase L and number one on a typewriter,
you'll see that they're exactly the same. We'll never know whether Cummings
originally typed a number or a letter, but this ambiguity is intentional.
It allows readers own thoughts to influence what the poem means to them.
It's a very zen style, almost haiku-like.
from United States
Comment -177 of , added on July 5th, 2005 at 1:27 AM.
Its what it makes you feel that is important. My interpretation is that the
poem is cleverly designed and is exactly as it says ie a leaf falls on
loneliness..this would explain the 2nd leaf (11) falling between the word
loneiness thus it then spells
and the last 3 words are powerful..I one iness ,,stand alone , loneiness .
hav a good'ay mate .
peter from Australia
Comment -178 of , added on June 20th, 2005 at 2:10 PM.
This was the firts poem of Cummings I read and at first I thought I was not
ok. Then I read it a second time... a third and a fourth time. Things were
becoming clearer from reading to reading. Then, here it is: the One (the
poem is like the number one of the Roman numbers, i.e. "I"). There are
totally four "ones" there. The first letter (the "l", respectively), one
(writen like this), then an other letter "l" and, finally, the big one is
the poem itself. I am the One, you are, everybody is. But, what do you see
there... loneliness... You are the One (selfsuficient, as many philosophies
teach), but alone. You are a falling leaf in the Fall. There are so many
other leaves around, who will think about you? You will think about you. I
will think about myself. The moment we stop thinking for each other,
thinking about us as a community, loneliness comes. Everybody is there, but
I denny him/her. I am here, but maybe no one can distinguish me. We are all
falling leaves, without looking at each others eyes, accepting to vanish in
nothing, eventhough we read Cummings. Cummings himself was one of these
leaves, you know....
Comment -179 of , added on May 29th, 2005 at 6:23 PM.
I think it's the simplicity and yet power that this poem has that makes it
truly captivating. It's wrote with few words yet the structure and meaning
of those sole words carry a strong message.
michelle from Canada