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Maggie and Milly and Molly and May Summary

By E.E. Cummings

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May Summary

Maggie and milly and molly and may decide to take a trip to the beach one day. They all go off in separate directions and encounter different kinds of adventures. Maggie finds a nifty seashell that sings all of her troubles away, and milly finds a starfish with five long fingers. Meanwhile, poor molly isn't having as good of a time because she's busy getting chased by a weird-looking creature that runs sideways. Then there's may, whose experience is a bit tame by comparison. She finds a smooth round stone that's "as small as a world and as large as alone" (we're guessing may is the poet of the bunch). By the end, the speaker tells us no matter what you lose in life, "it's always ourselves we find in the sea."