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

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Comment 27 of 247, added on February 16th, 2005 at 12:06 PM.

did anyone ever think that the poem could be put together a different way,
instead of just the word loneliness, mabey theres other words that could be
put together, you never know?

Boo from United States
Comment 26 of 247, added on February 15th, 2005 at 7:52 AM.

when the leaf falls it becomes disunited. It seperates and falls. It is no
longer connected with everything else and on its own. However that is not
the end of the story. Its unique end is something to behold and appreciate.
We can see its graceful fall to the ground. The fact of its end is as
beautiful to behold as its origins were. That is why it is not merely a
poem but a concrete poem. A picture to take home and not just an idea to
ponder. l(a leaf falls)oneliness

Each fall of each leaf is unique and whole and complete and tells the whole
story. It is wholeness. It is completeness. It is being the whole universe.
Which all beings share each in its own unique way.

isa from Jordan
Comment 25 of 247, added on February 12th, 2005 at 11:42 AM.

Well I personally think that here e.e. cummings is just stateing plain as
day, that no leaf falls with another leaf.. they all fall alone. If you
think about this it is very true because in life when your at the pits of
life you feel like you are alone and that you got their alone. Thereby
"falling" alone... sometimes poets don't have any hidden meanings or
anything, its just stated right there. For example: some of you are trying
to explain the poems struture, but I think its just a vizual of a leaf
falling, nothing more.

~God bless~

nickky from United States
Comment 24 of 247, added on January 24th, 2005 at 6:25 AM.

One way of reading the poem would be to ask why 'a leaf falls' appears in
the middle of the word 'loneliness'. The effect of this is to draw out the
word, and thus prolong its duration when pronounced. Is the effect of this
to suggest the slowness of time to the lonely subject? Or does the poem
draw attention to a state of extreme isolation in which an event as
seemingly unimportant as a leaf falling is enough to disrupt the entire
structure of the poem? The disconcerting effect of this disruption for the
reader could be indicative of a general feeling of confusion in the poem.
With the inevitable connotation of death hanging over everything, it is
difficult to salvage any sense of positivity, value or worth in the text.
However, the gentleness of the single image we are given, and the slender
and willowy structure of the poem itself, forces a sense of ambivalence
upon us that is difficult to clarify. Presumably such effects are part of
Cummings' intention.

Robert Rowlands from United Kingdom
Comment 23 of 247, added on January 20th, 2005 at 4:13 PM.

This poem is very lovely and I can someone feel the quite sigularity that
is the leaf in the poem.
There is some emphasis on the characters and breaking up of the lines in
the poem.

l(a

le
af
fa
ll

s)
one
l

iness

The l's definitely do look like ones. and "iness" I would guess to mean the
state of being yourself, the word one in "loneliness", "le" of "leaf" I
often think of being french (in which Cummings does indeed use in some
poems) for "the" an article denoting singularity and so on, and the
separated a and f pairs in the "leaf falls". What I can't understand is
why he had the two l's paired together in "falls" if all this holds true?

I guess that I'm looking to deep for something that isn't there.

Laurence from United States
Comment 22 of 247, added on January 18th, 2005 at 11:07 PM.

firstly, i want to say how impressed i am that someone was interested
enough in cummings to create a website featuring his work, thank you for
that, this poem, which i think is actually read "a leaf falls IN
loneliness", is great because it says so much but is so simple. the way
Cummings was able to manipulate the rules of modern language to get his
point across is amazing

jacob
Comment 21 of 247, added on January 17th, 2005 at 5:37 AM.

Is there anything worse than the loneliness in this poem? I frantically
search to form the word Loneliness, but I miss the first L, for the nearest
compatible L I see is the 2nd one, which was never meant to be in place of
the first.
The (falling leaf) , and all things in Life, has distracted me from finding
the true 1 that makes me complete.

Frank from Singapore
Comment 20 of 247, added on January 13th, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

I think this poem is about... well... loneliness! I'm only eight, so I
have no necessarity to write anything else! Peace out! (exclamation point
lol)

Confucius from China
Comment 19 of 247, added on December 23rd, 2004 at 1:57 PM.

I like how the poet made a play on words, and made the last word look like
a falling leaf.

jet
Comment 18 of 247, added on December 21st, 2004 at 1:49 PM.

I like the fact that when you first encounter this poem it's usually in a
book with several other poems around it (on the other pages) and it seems
to have drifted into the book (or onto the webpage...) like a leaf being
pressed in the pages....... I also think it silly to assume the first "L"
to be anything other than an "L". The "l"'s are all over the poem helping
the imagery of the VERY LETTER "L"........as in "leaf" as in "lonliness" as
in "faLLs"......as in a poem shaped like an "L", pressed between the pages
of a book????????? hmmmmmmmmmm................. So, yeah, definately not a
number one.........it's SPELLED out. I love the very existance of this
wonderful poem.

crafton from United States

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