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

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Comment 52 of 252, 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 252, 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 252, 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 252, 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 252, 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
Comment 47 of 252, added on August 31st, 2005 at 1:56 PM.

too twisted for my taste,the man was crazy!!!

nevo from Israel
Comment 46 of 252, 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 45 of 252, 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
heart breaking

i can identify with his feelings of desperation. "l(a" has endeared me to
e. e. cummings for a lifetime.

Comment 44 of 252, 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.

Kaitlin from United States
Comment 43 of 252, 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

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