I didn’t hate “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” as much as the other two poems. I thought it was a cute little poem. I also thought that “anyone lived in a pretty how town” was kind of interesting. It was definitely very confusing the first few times I read it, but I think the idea behind it is really cute with a person named Anyone and a person named Noone. I didn’t really like “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” as much as the other ones. Each of the poems has a similar theme that is just described slightly differently. The theme of “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” is to be yourself, even if everyone around you wants to be exactly like each other. Stephens describes everyone as being the same very clearly when he talks about their nightgowns. Everyone just has plain white nightgowns because no one wants to be different and colorful. Stephens says that “none of them are strange,” so they don’t get to see strange and wonderful things like dreaming of baboons and periwinkles. The only person that gets to experience the interesting things in life is the drunken sailor that “Catches Tigers / In red weather.” In “anyone lived in a pretty how town,” the theme of everyone is the same shows up again. Cummings describes a guy named Anyone that is in love with a girl named Noone. By using the names Anyone and Noone, the poem can be related to anyone reading the poem. Cummings uses generalities so that it describes any town in any place at any time. By pointing out the similarities of every town that makes this poem so widely relatable, Cummings develops the theme of the similarities between everyone. The theme in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is similar to “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” in that it shows everyone being the same as a bad thing. This poem criticizes people that are the same by using a low class narrator to comment on higher class society. The narrator sleeps in “one-night cheap hotels” and eats at ” sawdust restaurants,” which tells the reader that he is poor. He comments on the upper class ladies that sit around “Talking of Michelangelo” and tries to decide if it is worth it to try to fit in with them. When he is around them he feels like he is “pinned and wriggling on the wall,” so he asks if it is worth it to try to be something he isn’t just to fit in. I think that “anyone lived in a pretty how town” is most applicable to society. Because of the extreme generalization, the poem can be applied to any situation to point out how everyone does the same things every day.
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