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

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Comment 41 of 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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 261, 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
Comment 35 of 261, added on May 1st, 2005 at 7:21 PM.

i love this poem cuz it has no proper anything and it doesnt even make
sense! it rocks!! and it didnt get 18/20 points cuz it is a good poem and
it is cool and stuff like that. and my english teacher can eat it for
breakfast. it may sound like i have a lot of anger here and i do! but
this poem is really awesome!

Kimmy Anonymous from United States
Comment 34 of 261, added on May 1st, 2005 at 2:06 PM.

E.E.Cummings once said that how you read a poem affects what you get from
it, so to some, they'll read the last part as "oneliness" while others will
see it as "loneliness", suggesting the latter is, infact, lonesome.

Greg from United States
Comment 33 of 261, added on April 13th, 2005 at 9:47 PM.

cummings typed his poetry on a typewriter. Manual typewriters and electric
typewriters were designed so that the lowercase letter "l" and the number
"1" were identical. Typing classes instructed students to hit the
lowercase "l" key to type the number one in order to save time.

Take the poem. Type it using a Courier font. cummings was most definitely
making use of the double meaning conveyed by a single character.



met from United States
Comment 32 of 261, added on March 28th, 2005 at 10:25 AM.

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.



Samwise Gamgee from Botswana

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