Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town by Edward Estlin Cummings

The poem ‘Anyone lived in a pretty how town’ of Edward Estlin Cummings draws my special attention and is inspiring than the poet’s other poetry and stands singular in matters of typography, punctuation, syntax, diction, imagery, rhythm, and the grammar is often pushed to their extreme ends. I feel that the common way of using syntax and semantics are clearly torn apart. The poet has adopted an eccentric zigzag fashion of putting common lexis virtuously, breaking and ignoring the standard poetic styles. The poet’s unorthodox typographical style and his jubilant word power forcing the ‘innocent’ proper nouns, verbs and prepositions really challenge my perception.My analysis of the poem is focused on its syntactical characteristics to show how Standard English Language and its discipline are broken by the poet. I want to illustrate how the poet stretches and breaks the rules of Standard English, using terms associated with orthography and punctuations.I regard the opinion of Michael Ryan about reading this poetry.&nbsp. He says,&nbsp. “The way to read a poem is to read the sentences (not the lines)—and you parse each sentence as you read it, from phrase to phrase, gambling on the relationships of the phrases, constructing a multi-dimensional Lego, making larger pieces of the smaller pieces as they click into place.”&nbsp.

In the second stanza through the poet used the words ‘no’ &amp. ‘one’ as ‘noon’ instead of ‘none’, it does not change the meaning at all. Here also, it is automatically accepted that the pronoun ‘noon’ acts as a proper noun.&nbsp. In the first line, the interrogative adverb ‘how’ is used in the form of an adjective.&nbsp.In the first line of the poem, the indefinite pronoun ‘anyone’ is used as a proper noun.&nbsp. From the subjective point, such a transfer has given the indefinite pronoun to collect a more generic feel to itself.&nbsp. In the third stanza also the pronoun ‘noon’ is used as a proper noun.&nbsp. The adverbs ‘up’ is used in contrast to the word ‘down’ in the same stanza.