Quarter 4 Poetry Essay - Genel 1 Rosalynn Genel Ms Cabrera...

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Genel 1Rosalynn GenelMs. CabreraAP English Literature and Composition16 April 2019“Anyone Lived In a Pretty How Town”: An Exploration of the Unique Individual in SocietyE. E. Cummings’ poems have long since had nontraditional structures and grammar, making them easily identifiable. He has been known to experiment more freely with poetry than others, writing more avant-garde pieces, assigning different meanings to certain words, ignoring conventional punctuation and syntax, and exploring poems as visual objects. There are not many poems of his that even resemble regularity. One of his poems, “Anyone Lived In a Pretty How Town”, however, is fairly regular in rhythm, meter, and structure, and yet it can be seen that in this poem Cummings is still experimenting with other poetic devices in order to explore his mainidea. Through the use of relatively uniform and regular meter, word pairings, and seasonal word choices to insinuate the passing of time, as well as ambiguous pronouns to refer to the subjects ofthe poem and irregular grammatical structure, E. E. Cummings, in his poem “Anyone Lived In a Pretty How Town”, explores the role of the unique individual in a group and in society, as well asthe true impact of this individual in relation to the cycle of life and death.Cummings implies the steady marching of time through the use of many rhetorical devices. One of them is the regularity in rhyme and meter. The poem follows a dactylic tetrameter, with 9 stanzas and 4 lines per stanza. The steady rhythm found completely throughoutmimics the steady passing of time. There is also a repetition of the use of four words in succession, related to each other in different ways having to do with time. One series is “spring summer autumn winter,” (Cummings 73), and the other is “sun moon stars rain” (Cummings 73).
Genel 2The order of each of these series varies as the poem continues, implying the passing of time and also the concept of the existence of a constant cycle of rebirth. There is also a use of parallel structure in phrases such as “when by now and tree by leaf” and “bird by snow and stir by still”, where there is a pairing of words to illustrate meaning through comparison, sometimes through similarity and sometimes through contrast. The rhythm of this pairing also plays a role in that of the overall poem, where it follows a back-and-forth rhythm that implies the steady passage of time as well. Through these things, Cummings is creating a sense of the steady movement of a greater cycle that is occurring when he details the story of noone and anyone, contrasting with the significance of their story as he focuses on it with its seeming insignificance in context of the way the world moves on nonetheless.

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