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Summary of article by Liz Brent on "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e. cummings.

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Suzanne O?Connor English 10 Honors Mrs. Huenke March 9, 2012 Summary of article for ?maggie and milly and molly and may? Brent, Liz. "Critical Essay on 'maggie and milly and molly and may'." Poetry for Students. Ed. Jennifer Smith and Elizabeth Thomason. Vol. 12. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. Literature Resource Center. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. http://go.galegroup.com. Through Brent?s article, the reader of E.E. Cummings?s ?maggie and milly and molly and may? can fully appreciate the lack of capitalization, incorrect grammar, and unconventional word, letter and punctuation spacing in not only ?maggie and milly and molly and may? but also in other of Cummings?s famous works. The poem is not only meant to be reread several times to fully understand Cummings?s concept, but also to challenge the brain with the improper grammar used in the poem (Brent). The first stanza, ?maggie and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day)? shows Cummings?s playful and childlike tone. ...read more.


May even finds a round stone, ?which is ?as small as the world and as large as alone?; that a small stone could represent the entire world suggests the vast capacity of the child?s imagination, which can create entire worlds out of the smallest object? (Brent). Stone and alone not only rhyme, but create a ?heavy, plodding sound which seems to weigh down both the singsong, nursery-rhyme sounds which precede it and the emotional tone of the entire poem (Brent). The whole tone of the poem is changed from playful and childlike to adult as ?the word ?alone? sinks like a stone in the reader?s heart? (Brent). In the sixth and final stanza of the poem, capitalization is used to suggest a ?grown-up,? serious tone. With the word ?for? being the first word of the stanza, the word implies a logical conclusion is about to be grasped. ...read more.


I like how Brent paid special attention to all the minor detail in the poem, like the alliteration in the first line meaning more than just a strategy used and the objects on the beach relating to the loss of a loved one. Brent made the poem easy to understand for me and made me ponder why Cummings decided to use the words he used or why the order of the girl?s name matter. With the analysis of the poem next to me, Brent made me enjoy the poem more than I would have if I read it several times. Brent helps remind not only the readers of her articles, but the readers of Cummings?s work to pay special attention to the unusual writing style he made popular. Word Count ? 741 Sentences Varied ? 6 Writing Strategies ? embedded quotes, present tense, parallelism, showed ideas (last paragraph) ...read more.

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