Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town by E.E. Cummings

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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. Some of the possible themes of “anyone lived in a pretty how town” are individuality, live as you want to live, live purposefully, be happy, and do not let others affect your own happiness. The poetic form of this poem is a free verse narrative with quatrains. Some exact rhyme is used, as seen in lines 1 and 2 of stanzas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9. “spring summer winter autumn”, in stanzas 1, 3 and 9, is repetition that expresses the passing of time. (Notice the word order change each time the seasons are mentioned in the poem.) Alliteration is used in line 4 in the phrase “he sang his didn’t and danced his did.” “wish by spirit and if by yes” in line 32 employs assonance. Consonance can be seen in “sun moon… rain” in lines 8, 21 and 36, as well as in “kiss his face” in line 26. Use
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