Asked • 08/22/19

Why is the moon "angry" in e e cummings' "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls"?

The e e cummings poem "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls" mocks the titular ladies for their small-minded domesticity. The last four lines read:> .... the Cambridge ladies do not care, above Cambridge if sometimes in its box of sky lavender and cornerless, the moon rattles like a fragment of angry candyI believe I understand the main point here: the Cambridge ladies are too wrapped up in their gossip and knitting to care about anything else, even something as significant as the sky and the moon; such things are "above" their notice. What I don't understand is why the moon is said "sometimes" to "*rattle* like a fragment of *angry* candy."What occasions does cummings mean by "sometimes"? How does the moon "rattle"? And why is it "angry"?

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