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"Anyone" could be anyone as in no person in particular or could in fact be a singular entity

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Stanza 1 "anyone" could be anyone as in no person in particular or could in fact be a singular entity "pretty how town"- this is also very ambiguous. Pretty connotes a fa�ade- superficiality. 'how' could be describing the extent of the towns prettiness, or that the town is a how-town, everything is humdrum- boring, ordinary, they follow the rules and never deviate to do what they wish. "(with up so floating many bells down)"- the rhythm of this poem emulates the chiming of bells. Its function is to symbolize the passing of time. This entire poem illustrates a passage of time as can be seen by the next line. "spring summer autumn winter"- this is describing anyone's activities as occurring continuously through all the seasons "he sang his didn't he danced his did."- anyone's didn't are his failures and likewise his did are his accomplishments, but no matter the outcome, anyone's outlook is always happy and positive- no matter what he sings or dances. Stanza 2 "Women and men (both little and small)", if this was describing physical appearances and size it would be big and small, here it means their capacity and willingness to explore new dimensions. ...read more.


Cummings considers risks taken as minute compared to the possibilities from pushing the boundaries. It could also be referring to parts of the sum of a whole suggesting the depth of anyone's and noone's shared experiences. "she laughed his joy, she cried his grief" noone partakes in all of anyone's activities, laughing and crying with him when he does. " bird by snow and stir by still", this is referring to the fact that she does the above through all circumstances. Bird by snow is the seasons showing anyone's and noone's ability to understand abstract ideas as opposed to society's literal inflexibility. "stir by still", is rest and motion, the word "by" means that even by rest the couple was dynamic. "anyones any was all to her", explains how much noone loved everything about anyone as well as reiterating the isolation motif. Stanza 5 "someones married their everyones", someones is non-specific while everyone's is generic. This shows Cummings attitude towards marriage, marriage is a social convention that may not have anything to do with love. ...read more.


"busy folk buried them side by side little by little and was by was" Stanza 8 "all by all and deep by deep and more by more they dream their sleep", they become part of a shared dream for all eternity. "noone and anyone earth by april wish by spirit and if by yes", they physical bodies return to dust- but they remain part of a dream together- immortality. Stanza 9 "women and men (both dong and ding) summer autumn winter spring reaped their sowing and went their came sun moon starts rain" , the townspeople take no notice of it and continue their cycle, they achieve nothing- reaped their sowing, but we know they didn't reap anything from stanza 2. They 'went their came', they go leaving no mark unlike anyone's and noone's immortality who are like the sun, moon starts and rain. In the poem there are only two periods each occurring before women and men- perhaps signifying that they are not in sync with nature and the universe like noone and someone who blended with it. And it doesn't starts with a sentence (it isn't capitalized) and it also ends without a period which suggests that it ended where it started, they had made no progress. ...read more.

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