Treasure Island

Edward Estlin Cummings

(14 October 1894 - 3 September 1962 / Boston / United States)

1(a... (a leaf falls on loneliness)


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  • Mohammad Akmal Nazir (7/10/2011 12:23:00 PM)

    I have never read such a bogus poem in my life. First of all it should not be called a poem as it has nothing to do with poetry. It's only one sentence written in a funny way. It doesn't make a sense at all. It doesn't mean that being a famous poet or writer whatever you think should become a fashion in literature. Nonsense. (Report) Reply

  • William Crowe (1/9/2010 6:30:00 PM)

    I remember seeing a one word poem. It was just the word 'Loneliness', the letters were split up similar to this and the middle 'i' was left all by itself in the middle. Very sad. (Report) Reply

  • Leizyl Miales (7/31/2009 4:42:00 AM)

    Is this really a poem?
    It was really funny when first time I read it and I'm tired to search the sequence and later I realized that this poem has no sequence..I'm such a fool..(smiling alone) ..
    First, I can't understand it 'cause this is very different from all of the poems that I read!
    But lately I appreciated that this is really unique poem from from others! (Report) Reply

  • Marlowe Brant (4/28/2005 8:38:00 PM)

    When reading inside the parenthesis, one reads 'a leaf falls'. But if one looks outside the parenthesis, one sees 'loneliness'. There is one leaf, a leaf, that falls, by itself, alone. I think this is why e.e. cummings chose to structure this poem like he did. It is a kind of skinny structure, the words and letters aren't together. They are alone. One also reads the poem downwards, giving the impression of a falling leaf. This is a great example of how cummings uses structure to influence the meaning of his poetry. (Report) Reply

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