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

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Comment 92 of 732, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:24 PM.

like many of you commenting on this, i am also doing a report on the
fascinating ee cummings. When i read this poem i feel that he is trying to
express the greatness of spring. He talks about how the children run out
and play in the mud-licious. Also to me the ballonman is another way to say
the wind. All of the adjectives he uses to describe the ballonman are all
ways to describe wind, lame it could be annyoing, queer- maybe mysteriuos,
curious... There could be a deeper meaning but this is just how i see the
poem. comments to let me know what you think

Isabel from Canada
Comment 91 of 732, added on January 12th, 2009 at 3:17 PM.

This poem is a snapshot taken over time. Think about that; a snapshot
taken over time. My college professor read this slowly and accentuated
there was something very sinister going on here. To me, this poem is
multi-layered and can take the form of good or evil depending on the
interpretation. It is split between boys and girls, taking them away from
their fun activities and introducing them to their graduation into
adulthood. A balloon entices them and is given as their reward. The rest
is up to them. It is only a matter of time before the graduated kids
become 'queer' and 'old' and in turn will continue the inevitable cycle of
inviting others into their graduation ceremony. The snapshot is taken in
spring when life begins to thrive again, and over time we know these
children will move into their own rendition of Pan. When I read this and
breathe it in, I remember the long pause my instructor gave after his
reading. It was almost fearful. Perhaps he recalls the day he was given
his balloon.

gary from United States
Comment 90 of 732, added on December 16th, 2008 at 10:40 AM.

It's simple, the goat-footed man is reference to the Greek God of shepherds
and flocks, Pna. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring
(season of sex). Its a poem about loss of innocense.

Alli from United States
Comment 89 of 732, added on December 10th, 2008 at 10:22 PM.

WAiT A MINUTE! the baloonman is the good guy. See the first area is told
by the view of a boy then the second a girl...their comments about the man
are mean and they make us hate him too. But the last area is the veiw of
an observer, who states the only flaw he can see and it is the way he
walks. And thats it. he is simply a man who is enjoying spring. And the
children convince us that he is evil just as they once were. I had to
write an essay on this poem and it didn't occur to me till the very end
when i wsa wondering why the spelling was baloonMan...then it hit me. So
the balloonman is really a nice normal dude

B EN from Canada
Comment 88 of 732, added on December 7th, 2008 at 5:17 PM.

the poem could be broken up all strange because the baloonman could of
distracted the children breaking up their fun (maby tying to sell them
Balloons!). and the children could potenially see adults as mean but then
baloonMan could also show that theya re growing up and they too will be
adults. Som,e say the baloon man is the devil dressed up as a good person,
but in E.E. Cumming bio it said that he wrote this poem because of his love
for his home town and for his father. So i don't really think he would
write anything bad about his home town if that is the case...

B EN from Canada
Comment 87 of 732, added on December 4th, 2008 at 11:01 AM.

I really feel like this poem is written in the perspective of a child
showing his innocence and neiveness. I see no reason as to why goat-man is
portraying Satan. I think he is just a source of joy and happiness for
these children in this play.

Jeremy Sneed from United States
Comment 86 of 732, added on November 22nd, 2008 at 7:12 PM.

i am analyzing this poem for my english class. the balloon man symbolizes
the spring time. the part about goats feet is an allusion to goat-footed,
greek god of shepherds and flocks. i think that it is safe to assume that
spring time is the time of year that children most often come out to play.
with this assumption, i think that we can all connect the spring time as
being the herder of children.

geronimo desiderio from United States
Comment 85 of 732, added on May 11th, 2008 at 10:06 PM.

i read comment about the ballonman representing Pan, the Greek god and i
thought that the physically shape of the poem actually kind of looks like
pan himself.

kelsey from Canada
Comment 84 of 732, added on March 24th, 2008 at 10:53 PM.

I'm a freashman and i attend advanced course. we are entitled to writes a
essay on a poem that we are not to choose. I was assigned in Just and I'm
having a fair bit of trouble interpreting the message behind. though your
comments have greatly helped i find writing an essay on this poem quite
difficult.I am rahter confused by his capitalization when lastly addressing
the ballonman he writes as ballonMan not like the other ways it is written
throughout the poem. Maybe its my some what deteriating childhood or my
somewhat intelligance but I agree that this poem is a reminicence(
problably mispelled)of a childhood memeroy

ema from United States
Comment 83 of 732, added on October 28th, 2007 at 6:43 PM.

It's spring fever happening! He's calling eddy and bill, betty and isabel
(children} on the way to adulthood. Puberty? I think so......Using Pan was
perfect. Brilliant

angi from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
Poem: in Just-
Added: Jan 31 2004
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