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

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Comment 10 of 250, added on November 3rd, 2004 at 9:46 PM.

i waznt feeling diz poem..holla

saul from United States
Comment 9 of 250, added on November 1st, 2004 at 4:06 AM.

or you could assume that there is a mistake in the first and sixth comments
and that the "1"(number one) referred to is actually an "l" (lowercase
letter L). this could then lead one to interpret the poem as a
statement/meditation on loneliness defined by, or represented by, a leaf
falling - the ultimate gesture of loneliness as it falls through the air
all alone from the tree, its home, its parent, life etc. the brevity of
the poem and its vertical structure also add to the sense of loneliness: it
looks lonely on the page and could be said to be falling down the page,
like the leaf.

abuckman from Tanzania
Comment 8 of 250, added on October 30th, 2004 at 8:31 AM.

the word "loneliness" does not actully appear in the poem at all. what is
written is "oneliness" a made up word based around the idea of being alone
set up in the first line. however if you accept that the parenthesis looks
similar to a lower case "L" then the word can take on two meanings - being
one: "oneliness" and or lonely: ")oneliness". Or perhaps both at the same
time in a suitably vague, make you own mind up, cummings kinda way?

abuckman from Tanzania
Comment 7 of 250, added on October 26th, 2004 at 12:32 PM.

okay. in the original comment on this poem, someone has written that "l(a"
means "a leaf falls on loneliness". okay, here's the mistake: the words
which compose the poem are "loneliness" (surrounding the ( )s. & "a leaf
falls" (inside the
( )s NOT a leaf falls ON loneliness.

cheers to my fellow ee cummings' fans!!


Ryan Rademacher from United States
Comment 6 of 250, added on October 26th, 2004 at 7:49 AM.

The poem doesn't have to mean anything. It's just a piece of visual poetry
that describes loneliness. And the leaf doesn't fall ON loneliness. The
whole thing written on one line reads: "1(a leaf falls)oneliness", with the
"1" (one) cleverly substituting the letter "l" to emphasize singularity.

Jimbo from United States
Comment 5 of 250, added on October 21st, 2004 at 9:48 PM.

I think this poem means that when you feel lonley even a day can feel like
an entire season.

Andrea from United States
Comment 4 of 250, added on October 20th, 2004 at 12:13 AM.

You should not make assumptions on what e.e. meant by his poem. You can
only say what the poem means by what the poem says. Anything else you say
is conjecture. You can think the poem means whatever you want, however
there is only so much the poem says, there is only so much proof.

David from United States
Comment 3 of 250, added on October 14th, 2004 at 9:02 AM.

The point here is not normal loneliness, as can be seen by the emphasis on
the ones. Dying is the one moment of live where you are absolutely, totally

Tom from Germany
Comment 2 of 250, added on October 7th, 2004 at 2:08 AM.

tree( roots trunk leaf) this end less circle of life
how could one be lonely

steven from Australia
Comment 1 of 250, added on September 26th, 2004 at 4:21 PM.

This poem just shows how at times, life can be lonely and you can be on
your own, but that things will get better. Yea a leaf falls in loneliness,
but next sping don't they all come back and are all united as a tree? This
poem also shows how at times, you need to be on your own, to make your own
mistakes and learn from them. I love ee cummings... who doesn't?


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