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

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Comment 45 of 265, 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 265, 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 265, 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 42 of 265, 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 41 of 265, 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
Comment 40 of 265, added on May 26th, 2005 at 8:23 PM.

This is the first poem by e.e.cummings I came into contact with some years
ago. It kicked off a long relationship with this extrordinary poet.It took
me some time to puzzle it out when BAM!!!! there it was. It affected me so
much chills ran up and down my spine and I shed tears giggleing in awe of
its simple power It, revealing its self like one of those three dee magic
eye paintings and ahh!!! I have to agree with all assesments regarding its
visualness the repeating of "1" To put the letters in any other order in my
oppinion would steal its elegant thunder.

Nathan from United States
Comment 39 of 265, added on May 16th, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

A Fall from a state of happiness to a state of loneliness is key...

Joe from United States
Comment 38 of 265, added on May 16th, 2005 at 6:47 PM.

It is a fall from a state of happiness to a state of loneliness...

Bob from United States
Comment 37 of 265, added on May 15th, 2005 at 6:31 AM.

Graphic poem. Open reading.

My interpretation:

Every life (mine "I" included) and death (the fall of a leaf) is an unique
and personal experience (oneliness/loneliness).

The image of the falling leaf as the end of life is not new.

It reminds me of Rielke´s
"But there is one who keeps this fall, infinitely gentle in his hand".

liana pehrsson-berindei from Denmark
Comment 36 of 265, added on May 5th, 2005 at 8:14 PM.

a poem is only alive while it is being read or thought about. As soon as
the reader knows what the poem says or means, he or she moves on to another
experience, leaving the poem it self to flutter to the ground much like the
words in the poem l(a

john gamble from United States

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