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Analysis and comments on in Just- by e.e. cummings

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Comment 36 of 326, added on April 25th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

This particular poem is very open to interpretation, but the trick i think
is to figure out the intent of the author. This can be done by considering
tone, mood , and usage. In the case of Cummings one must also consider word
placement. For example the pairing of the children's names (eddieandbill)
could represent the inseperableness of childhood friends and give a clue as
to the point-of-view this poem is meant to be looked at i.e. a child's
perspective. As for the balloonman I think his only relevance is that he is
obviously deformed in some way ("the little lame ballonman","the
goat-footed ballonman", the queer ballonman")and this is only important
because while adults grow to be wary of those that are different the
children still run to the unique balloonman. They dont care about his
deformities they are only interested in his wonderful,fun ballons. This
leads us to the theme of the poem. Youth as a innocent, playful and
wonderful thing that can see only fun and the prospect of adventure is the
theme to which i refer. Some may not be able to see this as the case but i
think that with the proper perspective this becomes obvious. For instance
the "mud-luscious", and "puddle-wonderful" are oxymorons are they not. But
yet to a child mud offers the prospect of an adventure,perhaps a mud-pie
being baked, or a nice sliding dive into the mud pit. im sure as a child
many of the readers took part in a little mud-slinging. The implications of
puddle-wonderful can easily be understood when one thinks back to childhood
and all the times one went puddle-jumping. As for the poems title "IN
Just-" it is not reference to injustice as I see it. The first line of the
poem "In just-/spring" reveals the meaning as the beggining, as in it's
'just' begun or 'just' now, it's 'just' spring its the beginning of our
journey through life,and oh how easy it was when u couldn't see the ugly of
life and only the beautiful things(such as spring when evrythings in bloom.

jj tha enterprise from United States
Comment 35 of 326, added on April 23rd, 2005 at 4:06 PM.

"and eddyandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring "

"the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee"

the words queer and gay over the years has come to what we think of as
being one with the same s**. As for when this poem was made.... who knows
if those words were meaning back then the same as now. Queer means odd way
back... gay means happy way back when.... now adays it seems to both mean
the same thing gay=gay queer=gay.... back then when the poem was made it
might of meant the old belief gay=happy queer=odd.
I think someone here just thought it would be funny to bring it up being as
a gay poem.... in the new sense of gay. When I looked at it I thought hmm
sounds weird I never thought of it as a s**ual nature

Amanda M from Canada
Comment 34 of 326, added on April 19th, 2005 at 9:19 PM.

im ding a study on this poem for reading class and its very hard to decice
on a good solid message this poem is giving out. Any suggestions???

kenzie from United States
Comment 33 of 326, added on April 19th, 2005 at 9:02 PM.

ANDREW, he isn't relating happy to queer. As you said queer means unusual.
Is there not something unusual about a man with goat feet???

Kenzie from United States
Comment 32 of 326, added on April 18th, 2005 at 9:23 PM.

I think this poet is crazy. Yet this must be one of his most sain poems i
have seen. You say to look at this from a childs point of view and i did a
i saw my self running from a ballon man with hooves.

palmer
Comment 31 of 326, added on April 10th, 2005 at 8:41 AM.

Why did cummings isolate 'in Just-' on the first line? I think to indicate
clearly the main theme of this poem. Think 'injustice' and re-read thw
whole poem. He is expressing profound regret over the fleeting nature of
childhood innocence and fun. Look at the imagery from a child's point of
view, and not with an adult's cynicism. Mudlucious and puddlewonderful,
etc. are how the children feel, not grownup observers.

I am so deeply ensconced in the 'happy' camp of readers of "in Just-" that
I must ask again of all you cynics to sit back down again, inhale a few of
the your happiest, most playful childhood memories, and only then re-read
this poem.

John Elliott from United Kingdom
Comment 30 of 326, added on April 6th, 2005 at 6:40 PM.

This is out of control. There is no relationship between the word queer and
the word happy. Queer means unusual. Gay means happy. Queer is a word used
in reference to homosexuals (i.e., gays), not in reference to people who
are happy (i.e., gay). So queer in this context is unusual, or odd, not
gay--the usage does not arrive until much after the publication of the
poem--and at no time has queer, past or present, ever meant happy.


Andrew
Comment 29 of 326, added on March 29th, 2005 at 9:52 PM.

I love this poet. He is the founder of literary cubism, which is awsome, in
paintings and in writing, thanks to cummings. I'm not sure about the Satan
thing, but I think the balloon man represents evil of some sort that takes
away the childhood from all these children.

Kasia from United Kingdom
Comment 28 of 326, added on March 20th, 2005 at 12:10 PM.

I think this poem is really fun to read, and I really don't see it from a
malicious point of view, like some of you. "In Just" is one of those poems
that you can read when you're feeling down or depressed, and it'll cheer
you up. It brings back the happy childhood memories. I give Cummings two
thumbs up!

Caren from United States
Comment 27 of 326, added on March 16th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.

I really enjoyed 'In Just' Its really an interesting poem...!!!

Lupton from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: in Just-
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