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

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Comment 75 of 725, added on April 26th, 2006 at 1:17 PM.

Pan was also a god of chaos. He drove people into unexpected lust, and he
also played pipes, which the whistle may represent in the poem. This poem
then is filled with hints of sexuality, intoxication, and even pedophilia.

J from United States
Comment 74 of 725, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:42 PM.

i'm teaching this poem to my english class tomorrow and hae been trying to
interpret the poem. i'm only in high school but i, personally, think that
cummings is sort of reminising about childhood. he talks about a ballonman
and spring and child games. he says that "eddieandbill come running" and i
think when he says this he is refering to two kids running up o a balloon
man literally to get a balloon. no hidden meanings about sex and awakening.
also, the way he phrases it "eddieandbill" and "bettyandisbel", when i read
it out loud i want to say it fast because of how it is written, this could
be intentional reference to the way children speak when they are excited,
and when children get to get balloons from the balloonman they quite
possibly could be excited. also i think the "whistles fara and wee" part is
his way of saying its in the past, its far away and fading with time, much
like the "whistles far and wee" seems to get further away towards the end
of te poem, almost as if it is fading away like a distant memory. this
supports the idea that he is reminising. the goatfooted thing seems to be
more of a reference to pan the greek diety and the heralding of spring.
i really don't get how people are getting satan out of the poem though at
all.

beth from United States
Comment 73 of 725, added on April 20th, 2006 at 12:29 PM.

camille, have you read the poem out loud to yourself? if not, try it. then
have someone else read it to you. if you do this, you will understand.

mike from United States
Comment 72 of 725, added on April 19th, 2006 at 2:34 PM.

I am a student and will be doing a report on E.E. Cummings and his poem "In
Just-" and let me say, it is unfortunatly very difficult to comprehend his
poetic language and use of grammar. I do not get this poem and am
discouraged. This is another failing grade from Ms. Lopez.

Camille from Costa Rica
Comment 71 of 725, added on April 14th, 2006 at 4:21 AM.

Discussion of this poem always seems to center on a movement toward evil
(pan/satyr/goatMan/etc...), a loss of childhood; but to me, it seems to be
a movement in the other direction. A celebration of Spring (hope and joy
to come) and out of Winter (cold and depressed).
The goatMan is always "far and wee", never moving closer (unless we
consider next winter).
The carefree awakening of new life is evidenced by bettyandisbel playing
hopscotch (see the (spacing of the) stanzas below) in spite of the
whistleing balloonMan. (skip skip jump jump jump)



from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it's
spring
and
the

goat-footed

balloonMan whistles
far
and
wee

Dulles
Comment 70 of 725, added on April 6th, 2006 at 5:56 PM.

The title of this poem is Chansons Innocentes part I. The entire poem is in
three parts. It comes from the collection titled Tulips and Chimneys
published in 1923. It has become customary to list even poems with titles
by their first lines because so few of cummings's poems have titles. Anyone
could look this up. It's not up for discussion what the "title" in Just
means! This posting does harm to the poem with incorrect line breaks and
spelling errors. To Benny from Canada: note the balloonman starts out lame
and ends up goat-footed (meaning sure-footed)! cummings always celebrates
innocence.

Melanie from United States
Comment 69 of 725, added on April 5th, 2006 at 1:29 PM.

This poem is simply AMAZING.

liz from United States
Comment 68 of 725, added on March 14th, 2006 at 3:23 PM.

i love this poem i actually recited it for a class prject
and got a A. my teacher is also a fan.

patrick from United States
Comment 67 of 725, added on March 9th, 2006 at 9:32 PM.

Something I forgot to mention - the title. "In Just-" is most likely
abbreviated. The full title would be "In Justice", or "Injustice". This
brings up another paradox. If you say it like, "In Justice", it means that
children inevitably losing their innocence is a just occurence and that it
happens to the best of us. However, if you read it as, "Injustice", it's a
commentary on the bitterness that it's not fair that little children have
to be so easily led astray into adulthood (i.e.: perversion) thus losing
their innocence forever.

Benny from Canada
Comment 66 of 725, added on March 9th, 2006 at 9:25 PM.

In our class we simplified the entire poem. The "goatfooted balloonMan" is
an allusion to Pan from Greek mythology. He was promiscuous and overtly
sexual, constantly trying to seduce the Nymphs. The little children
symbolize innocence, and Pan (balloonman) symbolizes perversion. The
balloonman (something fun that children would enjoy) is calling to them.
"Wee" could be the sound of him whistling or it could add to the irony that
the children are happy (i.e.: "Whee! Balloonman!") to follow him but
don't even realize that they're leaving childhood behind and becoming more
acquainted with uglier things (i.e.: perversion) in life.

Paraphrase: Loss of innocence.

Benny from Canada

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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