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

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Comment 86 of 286, added on September 28th, 2011 at 4:30 AM.

I hate this poem. It sucks

The Grim from Botswana
Comment 85 of 286, added on April 25th, 2011 at 10:46 AM.


Galoili from Grenada
Comment 84 of 286, added on October 20th, 2010 at 1:52 PM.

pregunta es muy interesante, y para tratar todava puede ser ms
interesante, la poker en ligne filosofa de una pieza tan divertida que no
puede escapar

kora from United States
Comment 83 of 286, added on December 31st, 2009 at 12:00 AM.

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Comment 82 of 286, added on July 1st, 2009 at 12:02 PM.

Hello. Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant
I am from Bulgaria and too poorly know English, tell me right I wrote the
following sentence: "Washington blvd, elkridge md village two taverns flea
mkt.While they are very effective at providing flea."

Best regards 8), Ramiro.

Garson from New Zealand
Comment 81 of 286, added on February 26th, 2009 at 11:31 AM.

There should be a line break after "ll"
It is an important part of this poem that's been accidentally left out and
seems to be replicating in other places across the Nets.

DanielAri from United States
Comment 80 of 286, added on May 6th, 2008 at 8:08 PM.

One is the loneliest number.

Phillip from United States
Comment 79 of 286, added on October 6th, 2007 at 3:52 PM.

Listen Up! What is all the fuss? This is what's wrong with the world today!
I think the poem was is for all to enjoy, not to cause a fight! Again this
is what's wrong with the world today we always have to fight over
everything learn to "AGREE TO DISAGREE" Hope someone learned something

Greg from United States
Comment 78 of 286, added on May 15th, 2007 at 1:19 AM.

Never so loudly has a leaf fallen.

Sam D. from United States
Comment 77 of 286, added on February 19th, 2007 at 6:42 PM.

This is a response to rr. In all seriousness, thank you for your
interpretation of the poem. It is refreshing to find such a well-thought
out and backed-up interpretation. I am also glad that you recognize that it
is simply your interpretation and nothing more, as of course you know that
none of us are E. E. Cummings and thus that none of us can, according to
you, profess that we have the correct interpretation. However, I am
intrigued by the fact that you feel the need to qualify your interpretation
by telling us that you have a Harvard education, as if it makes your
interpretation more valid than others. I think, and this is simply an
opinion, albeit one shared by many critics of art, that the only thing that
makes one interpretation more valid than another is how well it is backed
up by the text. This does, in fact, as I have said, make yours an extremely
good interpretation, but has nothing to do with Harvard. Also, it surprises
me that someone as educated as yourself (though perhaps the tinge of
self-centeredness should have tipped me off) would say That is much of
what cummings is trying to say as if you have any idea what Cummings
intended. In fact, your comment that the only meaning of a poem is what the
author intended renders all of what we say useless. Sure, your
interpretation is what Cummings might have intended to say, but he also
might have intended the poem as a simple statement that a leaf is falling
and looks lonely, nothing more. We, the audience, can never know as we are
not E. E. Cummings. If meaning stems solely from the author, there is no
use in attempting to interpret a poem. As I have said, I think that a
poems meaning should be based on what the audience can back up using the
poem itself, not on what we think an author may or may not have meant.

In ending, two things. First, you should know, before styling your name
after an author, that Cummings himself wrote his name with capital letters
and correct punctuation. Second, I dearly hope that both of your comments
were meant not as condescension but as humor. I feel that this is a
reasonable hope, as you seem to have jokingly copied Cummings name and
educational background. Remember, though, that sarcasm is difficult to pick
up in text form. You have clearly offended several people and should be
careful next time to make your jokes more apparent. Sarcasm is funnier if
the reader can tell that its there. If you truly mean what you say, I am
sorry. I am sure you will interpret that as an apology for something I have
done or said. Feel free to do so, but know that, as I am the author, your
interpretation will be completely wrong.

Lastly, my own thoughts on the poem. I think the poem is actually correctly
written with an l (letter) not a 1 (number). I have a book of collected E.
E. Cummings poems which uses the letter l, and I trust it to reprint poetry
correctly. It would fit better with the continuity of the poem as well.
However, I also think, though it was probably meant as a letter, it was
written to echo the number one, since this is repeated throughout the poem.
I like the interpretation that the poem symbolizes at some point an ending
of "two" or a beginning of "one." This seems to echo a leaf beginning as a
part of a tree (the leaf and the tree being two) and then falling, becoming
one, alone, in the air. I also see some hope at the end, as perhaps
loneliness (or "I-ness," which suggests instead a concept and awareness of
oneself as separate from the masses) is perhaps not a bad thing. The leaf
changes from one leaf among thousands to an object of beauty, floating
alone through the air.

I apologize for writing so much. I hope it was, at least in part, useful.

Stephanie from United States

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