Study Guide

anyone who lived in a pretty how town Love

By Edward Estlin Cummings

Love

children guessed […]
that noone loved him more by more (9-12)

The children of the town see anyone hanging with a woman named "noone" and they figure that noone is falling in love with anyone. But these children eventually grow up and stop caring about other people's business.

she laughed his joy she cried his grief (14)

Noone loves anyone so much that he becomes her whole world. She feels bad when he feels bad and she feels great when he feels great. It's like they're two sides of the same coin.

bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her (15-16)

The whole world revolves around noone's love for anyone. The birds, the snow, the whole world is caught up in the love she feels. It's just a shame that one day, death will separate the two lovers.

someones married their everyones
laughed their crying and did their dance (17-18)

While noone and anyone are in love, all kinds of other people are getting married and having beautiful lives together. These lives are filled with happiness and sadness. The problem is that this love never seems to extend beyond the couple or their immediate family.

noone stooped to kiss his face (26)

When anyone finally dies, noone is at his funeral to kiss his face. We all knew this day would come eventually. Almost all lovers are separated by death at one point or another. That's why it's so important that we do our best to love well in the time we have.

noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes (31-32)

By the end of the poem, noone and anyone have both died and have been buried in the soft April ground. But that's okay because they did their best to love each other while they were still alive. That's good enough for Cummings.

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