Uncle Sol

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I am analyzing a poem by E. E. Cummings called “nobody loses all the time”. I think on the surface this is just a poem about a pretty unfortunate, average guy with not the best luck, but there are a lot of hidden messages in the poem. For example, the main character is Uncle Sol. The word “sol” means sun, which is clearly an important symbol. Though Uncle Sol’s “farm / failed because the chickens / ate the vegetables” (16-18), Uncle Sol was not viewed as a failure through the chickens’ eyes. His farm wasn’t a complete failure because at least it was of use to someone. It was only a failure in the eyes of business success-oriented humans. This is the same situation with the skunks- the chickens may have died, but they went to good use because
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