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

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Comment 15 of 255, added on December 7th, 2004 at 3:53 AM.

Maybe the poem is simple and it has't attracted you at first sight.Read it
some times and you will find something about real life.

Rita from China
Comment 14 of 255, added on November 13th, 2004 at 2:43 PM.

pretentious


monkeymagnet from United States
Comment 13 of 255, added on November 10th, 2004 at 3:03 PM.

A tree is covered by many leaves, and in the fall when it loses its leaves
they all tend to fall within the same time period of a week or so. A leaf
doesn't fall alone, so he is not lonely, but he is still one leaf falling
from a tree. "oneliness"

Krystin from United States
Comment 12 of 255, added on November 8th, 2004 at 6:13 PM.

I could have sworn that it began with an L and not a 1

Matt from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 255, added on November 4th, 2004 at 7:08 PM.

i just plainly think that it's great.

kristen from United States
Comment 10 of 255, added on November 3rd, 2004 at 9:46 PM.

i waznt feeling diz poem..holla

saul from United States
Comment 9 of 255, 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 255, 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 255, 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!!

rpr



Ryan Rademacher from United States
Comment 6 of 255, 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

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