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

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Comment 72 of 732, 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 732, 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



balloonMan whistles

Comment 70 of 732, 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

Melanie from United States
Comment 69 of 732, added on April 5th, 2006 at 1:29 PM.

This poem is simply AMAZING.

liz from United States
Comment 68 of 732, 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 732, 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 732, 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
Comment 65 of 732, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 10:59 PM.

the ballonman with goat feet refers to a faun or satyr

satyr from United States
Comment 64 of 732, added on March 1st, 2006 at 7:50 PM.

balloon is spelled b a l l o o n, not b a l o o n. there are two l's. i
looked this up and saw this poem elsewhere, and it is not cummings's
mistake, it is yours.

balloonman from United States
Comment 63 of 732, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 3:54 PM.

all u robert frost lovin mo fo's don't know poetry. Frost is the Paris
Hilton or the andrew lloyd weber of writing. too much hype, not enough


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