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

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Comment 84 of 734, 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 734, 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
Comment 82 of 734, added on September 6th, 2007 at 6:09 PM.

My favorite poet is Mr. Cummings, and there is no reason whatsoever that
you should disrespect him just because he talks about a ballonman. I AM HIS

veRani(ca Cummings from United States
Comment 81 of 734, added on July 2nd, 2007 at 1:14 PM.

Twice in the poem Cummings attributes less-than-desirable adjetives to the
Balloonman. "Lame" and "goat-footed." I do not believe Cummings
specifically intends Satan with these words, but indicates a diabolical or
impure aspect to the character. He leads them from the mindless joys of
childhood as we all must metaphorically. Our Balloonmen have been jobs or
responsibilities or sex...etc.

jeff from United States
Comment 80 of 734, added on June 14th, 2007 at 8:28 PM.

Someone asked about the balloonman. Note how he mentions- what is is?
goatfeet? The balloonman is Pan. Lighthearted, mischevous fellow.

Or so I think.

Comment 79 of 734, added on May 21st, 2007 at 8:53 PM.

I agree that it is about pan and the whisle

Comment 78 of 734, added on May 12th, 2007 at 9:37 PM.

I'm always thinking of what the balloonman stand for... But no answer. Is
there anyone can help?

sjwshirley from China
Comment 77 of 734, added on March 29th, 2007 at 8:22 PM.

After reading what all of you have written about this poem, in Just-, by E.
E. Cummings, I agree and strongly disagree with what your interpritations

To me, this is a poem about growing up and loosing innocence on the way. I
do not think it has anything to do with Satan, the goat footed man is just
Pan, the Greek god of herding and music. From what I know about E. E.
Cummings, though it is little, I really don't think that he would have
Satan mentioned in a poem with this message. How ever, all we can do is
agree and disagree with what each of us say because there is no way we can
ask him what his real meaning of this poem was, and from all of these
comments I see no sign that he wrote down his real message in some sort of

This is just my opinion though, and everyone has a right to state their own

Comment 76 of 734, added on April 26th, 2006 at 8:47 PM.

also note that eddieandbill and bettyandisbel correspond:

eddie rhymes with bettie, and bill sounds like isbel, which implies that
they are meant to be together. this can either play on the "love" theme, or
the ideas behind maturation and the progression of time.

rofflesauce from Canada
Comment 75 of 734, 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

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