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E.E. Cummings, Poem, Anyone Li Essay

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E.E. Cummings
"anyone lived in a pretty how town"

     I first read this poem and I thought of love, two people in love. Anyone and noone are in love and that is what matters to them, to be in love with each other and with life. It involves the day, the night, and how the weather changes. The seasons revolve and the children grow up to become adults. As I read the poem I realized there were three sections to it. Which consist of anyone and noone, "women and men" in line four, and the children. The first stanza is strange the first time you read it. You do not understand "anyone" is a person and not just anyone. I believe that line six is referring to all of the adults in the town, Cummings does not want us to think of the town people as separate people but as a whole group undistinguishable from on another. This is told in line five where it states "little and small", he is grouping them in very close together. The children are separated into there own group. As they grow through the seasons in lines nine, ten, and eleven, they pass on into adulthood. They in essence no longer exist in the poem. The bells ringing might have something to do with them becoming adults, since I do not see them relating to any other parts of the poem. The bells seem to be an important part of the town since they are mentioned in the second line of the poem and those exact lines are repeated in line twenty-four, sixth stanza of the poem. The bells are related to the children and their death, because they only ring when the children are mentioned. The portion of line two which states "many bells down", is possibly referring to the death of the children and somewhat the death of anyone and noone. The reference to death in lines twenty-nine and thirty by stating "deep by deep" and "more by more they dream their sleep" shows how they surcome to death. In line thirty-three "ding and dong" I think could be anyone and noone.

     Death is a part of the poem but the turning point lies in line twenty-five, which states: "one day anyone died i guess". The main focal point is the uncapitalized "i", in analyzing poems I have begun to look at punctuation to tell me something about the author and look more deeply into the poem and it’s meaning. The uncapatilized "i" gives a detached feeling when you look at the line closely. It seems as though he could be detached because of the death that surrounds this poem, has if does...

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