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Analysis and comments on 1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness) by e.e. cummings

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Comment 57 of 247, added on December 23rd, 2005 at 4:44 PM.

I think the poem was made with the idea of iconicity; the verbal unit
represents itself which it means: the letters fall vertically on
loneliness, like the leaves do.

Pablo from Argentina
Comment 56 of 247, added on December 15th, 2005 at 12:42 PM.

agnes, your teacher was probably just hitting on you.

shawn
Comment 55 of 247, added on December 7th, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

To the first poster in this comments section: one reason you may have
difficulty understanding the poem is that the title it was given on this
site is incorrect. His poetry is generally untitled (as was this work) so
they usually go by the first lines of the poem when you refer to them. In
that case, the title would be 1(a or l(a. A second (horrible) mistake is
that whoever typed the title out as a single line actually made the mistake
of adding an extra "on" where the letters "on" don't exist in the lines of
the poem. it's not "on" loneliness, it's "l (a leaf falls) oneliness" or,
changing the letters a bit, "(a leaf falls) loneliness"



Bah!!

Anthony
Comment 54 of 247, added on November 23rd, 2005 at 8:19 PM.

this is the kind of poem I feel like I need special knowledge to
understand. It is like some modern art: if you don't have any context or
understanding of what the writer/artist is thinking and doing, you are
left scratching your head. Sometimes I can feel this way looking at a
canvas that is painted all white. It is a very educated man being daring
and stepping outside of what he knows and has learned. This is a subversive
statement against the whole notion of what poetry is? Is Cummings
re-shaping poetry? the meaning is ambiguous. A leaf cannot fall on
loneliness. cummings is trying to make our brains explode.


amy from United States
Comment 53 of 247, added on November 18th, 2005 at 2:32 PM.

one of my teachers gave me another interpretation to this poem. she saw it
as sexual...I explain:

cummings spoke and wrote French, so we can see l(a and le as "la" and "le",
the feminine and masculine "the". so, la and le are making af and fa ( I
let you imagine...), and in this, they are two (ll).after, comes the plural
mark "s".
at this moment, there can be 2 interpretations: first, love unites them and
they become one, repeated by l, or, it did not happen so well, and they are
separated and become lonely again with one and l ( each one by his side).
finally, iness could be read as I-ness, the notion of the self, and sex
would become a way to express yourself, as transcendence...
this is an interresting point of view, but I wonder what the teacher had in
mind...
by the way! as there only english speaker here...what does e.i or i.e mean?
please, that bothers me!
I hope you understand what I said, english is not my motherly tongue...bye!

Agnès from France
Comment 52 of 247, added on November 15th, 2005 at 6:46 PM.

this was the first Cummings poem i ever read, and i think it is beautiful.

it was explained to me as a leaf falling from a tree of soldiers, and the
words "leaf" and "falls" are broken up to symbolize the flipping motion of
the leaf. and the word "loneliness" is broken up because it is so lonely
that it doesn't even feel like one word. also, the number 1 at the
beginning, represents the futility of just one soldier.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 51 of 247, added on November 14th, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

what if the poem isnt about deparity? i took it as individuality. when the
leaf falls from the tree it is becoming its own identity. it is lonely
only because it has not yet hit the ground (realized its identity) and it
longs for the comfort of the group (tree full of leaves)

cory from United States
Comment 50 of 247, 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.

Nick from United States
Comment 49 of 247, 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 48 of 247, 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

Andrea from United States

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