An Analysis of E.E. Cummings' Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town

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An Analysis of E.E. Cummings' Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town

In reading this poem the first time, I had no clue as to what Cummings was speaking of. However, after many times through and several on-line readings, I believe that I have some semblance as to what Cummings was trying to convey in this poem. In reading this poem through on my own the first time, I saw Anyone as any person. However, Anyone is actually an individual, as is Noone. Anyone is seen to be a happy person as in line 4, he is seen singing and dancing. However, in contrast to him, were the women and men who not only didn't care for Anyone but also are living a life of a boring routine. The men and women are also referred to as Someones and Everyones. It is interesting that only the children see the love between Anyone and Noone. However, as they grew older, they succumb to the boring routine, as have the elders of this little town. Not only did Noone love Anyone but loved him more and more by the passing day. She felt all of his emotions with him. The poem speaks of marriage for the Someones and Everyones; h...

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