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Comment 108 of 428, added on May 5th, 2010 at 3:52 PM.

My child at sharon is doing a project about e.e. cummings and is learning
about this poem

Comment 107 of 428, added on April 16th, 2010 at 8:05 PM.

The people who read deeper meanings of depravity into this paean to the
giddy breezes of new life need to listen to Professor Tom Lehrer-- "I could
tell you things about Peter Pan, and the Wizard of Oz is a dirty old man!"

Jim from United States
Comment 106 of 428, added on April 14th, 2010 at 7:02 PM.
in Just-

My interpretation is kinda different from a lot of the other ones. It does
have a kind of irony in it - connected with "injustice." That injustice
seems to refer to one of two things:
1) The balloonman is a pedophile, as some suggest, and abusing kids, giving
them "joy" but making them also dirty, and the injustice could be that the
children sometimes find it sad that they bust these guys who abuse them,
but also treat them really nice.
2) What seems even more convincing is a comment on homosexuality, as
evinced by the balloonman's "queer"ness. Dismissing the terms - insisting
only on one meaning, not the other, seems to defeat the purpose of poetry -
poets choose words for a reason - the multiple meanings. If we take it in
the sense of homosexual, not strange or weird, then here, the balloonman is
perhaps some personification of homosexual joy. The closeness of
"bettyandisabel" or "eddyandbill" can be seen then to be more than just
childhood friendship. There is nothing funny, or gross about this, but
rather, the poem seems to be saying that their joy is considered "unjust"
via the words "in Just-" and it seems it could be read different ways:
could be a disgust for homosexuality, could be (seems to me more)
consideration and sorrow for homosexuality and the discrimination of it, or
the slander - such as its connection with communism under Joseph McCarthy.

It should also be noted we can read the first line and it seems most
certainly best read like this - as BEING IN something - called Just;
someone commented it was silly to say it is injustice, just as it would be
silly to call it "In Justin." I hadn't thought of it, but the speaker is
saying "IN" something called Just; perhaps it IS Justin, or a male person.
Another element of the poem has to do with capitalization - which is
associated with names. Just and Man are capitalized. Could here be the
contrast with woman - again, from a male perspective, perhaps a sexual love
between two men.

All of this seems apt or - I mean, who knows what authors intend? Least of
all do they know themselves. Sometimes their darkest, most repressed
desires come out. But who knows. The one thing that does seem weird is if
we just take it literal, then it is a bad poem, and further, kind of weird
ideas. Childhood? I mean - yeah, fun - but either regressive, or kinda
strange feelings. There is of course, though, a curiosity also present in
the poem that is interesting.

skidaddle from United States
Comment 105 of 428, added on April 2nd, 2010 at 12:16 PM.

to steve in the united states:
PAN is the god of the wild. APHRODITE is the goddess of fertility and love.

Gymmyfangfriend from United States
Comment 104 of 428, added on March 27th, 2010 at 6:20 AM.

I think that this poem is about the children growing up and becoming aware
of the presence of sexuality.
At the beginning , it's childlike and innocent, but ideas like
'mud-luscious' using 'mud' from the child's realm and 'luscious' which is a
rather adult term introduce the process of maturing. This is added to by
the capitalisation of the M in 'balloonMan' later in the poem - the
children now realise that he is indeed a man, not just a person, and they
become aware of the adult world and of sexuality.
The spacing at the end could be showing that the children realise that
they're no longer going to be children and are trying to hang onto that
part of their lives so Cummings is dragging out the ending. The final 'wee'
could be sad, thinking about all that will be lost; questioning whether or
not itís a good thing to be growing up; excitement to grow up & carry on
the next chapter; or simply the abrupt end to innocence.

Ashleigh from New Zealand
Comment 103 of 428, added on March 15th, 2010 at 8:46 AM.
what type of poem

in my freshman english class i need to know what type of poem in just is-
example- haiku, sonnet, narrative, etc...

emily smith from United States
Comment 102 of 428, added on March 15th, 2010 at 8:46 AM.
what type of poem

in my freshman english class i need to know what type of poem in just is-
example- haiku, sonnet, narrative, etc...

emily smith from United States
Comment 101 of 428, added on March 15th, 2010 at 8:46 AM.
what type of poem

in my freshman english class i need to know what type of poem in just is-
example- haiku, sonnet, narrative, etc...

emily smith from United States
Comment 100 of 428, added on March 9th, 2010 at 3:37 PM.

great poem

barbara from United States
Comment 99 of 428, added on February 7th, 2010 at 11:13 AM.
REAL definition of the poem:

Read within the lines guys! My fast paced language arts class analyzed
this, and you'd be amazed by the true definition!!!
The goat-fitted balloon man is actually a child molester. Notice, the kids
disappear after they see him. He's in the background, quietly whistling,
and watching the kids in the spring. Slowly, with a lame foot, he moves in
closer. Notice, how the poem ends with with WEE bolded and written bigger,
showing that he's moving in closer. He's just using the balloons to attract
the children. The title, In Just, forms 1 word; Injust. That's why it
starts off with In just balloon man, or Injust balloon man. E.E. Cummings
is writing about the evil in the world, and how when you're young, the
world looks happy. But it's not, there's evil lurking out there. Read the
WHOLE poem, and look for the deeper meaning within it. You'll be surprised
with what you find!!

Kiki from United States

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