"Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town"

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“anyone lived in a pretty how town” by E.E. Cummings can be interpreted both literally and figuratively. Literally, the poem can be read to mean that someone lived in a town where everyone was unhappy, unloving, and cruel. The people went through life growing up, forgetting their lonely, loveless childhoods, while others died unloved with nobody missing them, therefore the town continued to repeat the cycle of unhappiness for every following generation. Figuratively, the poem can be viewed as a love story between Anyone and Noone, how they fell in love, lived in happiness, and died together, even though everyone else in their town was unhappy and just “going through the motions” of life. ...view middle of the document...

Sensory details are used for hearing, in line 14 “she laughed his joy and cried his grief”, sight in line 1, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”, and touch in line 26, “noone stooped to kiss his face.” Cummings manipulates words to change their part of speech as in the use of “anyone” and “noone”, usually indefinite pronouns but used as nouns in this poem. Anastrophe is used, for example, in line 2 “with up so many floating bells down”, which can be said “the sound of many bells floated up from where they lay below.” The paradox, “laughed their cryings”, in line 18 means that Anyone and Noone got through their sorrows by keeping one other happy. Symbolism is shown in line 26 “noone stooped to kiss his face” meaning that she died soon after he did. An example of synecdoche is in line 17 “someones married their everyones”, meaning that people married those that meant everything to them. “anyone lives in a pretty how town” can be interpreted many ways because of the way the language is used. The mood is one of sympathy, but also joy for Anyone and Noone and pity for the other townspeople who were always unhappy because of their own hurtful and unloving nature.
E.E. Cummings uses capitalizations only after periods (in lines 5 and 33), no...

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