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

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Comment 52 of 732, added on October 17th, 2005 at 5:25 PM.

The stupidity of some of you amazes me. While i think the poem is open to
interpretations, maybe some of you should learn to use proper english
(typing "you" instead of "u" isn't that hard, and kids who don't understand
the poem don't look here for help, didnt you read the rules before posting?
no homework help). On the other hand, some of you have very interesting
interpretations of the poem. here is mine:
"Goat-Footed" refers to the Greek god Pan, who is a man above the waist and
has the form of a goat below the waist. He is the God of nature as well as
herding. Traditionally, nature in poems has served as a symbol for purity
and that which is untouched by the corruption of mankind. Wouldn't this
seem to make sense to go along with the theme of a child's purity? Also, he
is the god of herding and sheparding; in a way he shepards the children who
have come out to play on a lovely spring day. The title, in Just refers to
the injustice of growing old. While the children play and have fun, the man
is still working, despite the happy atmosphere. This is my take on it, i'm
not saying its right or wrong.

Andre from United States
Comment 51 of 732, added on October 17th, 2005 at 1:42 PM.

In the first line the words 'in just' make you think of injustice-this
suggests that the little lame balloonman has suffered from the injustice of
not being able to play and experience childhood like the children mentioned
in the poem.

He therefore brings joy and happiness to them by travelling far
distances(far and wee)
to bring them balloons- he brings them the joy and happiness that he
couldnt experience as a child himself as he was crippled(lame-goat footed)

He also doesnt want ant sympathy for being 'lame' as it brings him joy by
bringing joy to other small children.

Ruby from South Africa
Comment 50 of 732, added on October 10th, 2005 at 3:17 PM.

In the first stanza he says “when the world is mudlicious” meaning that
children can come out to enjoy the beginning of spring. The little lame
balloon man can be described as a person that is handing out balloons of
fun. Then the next stanza describes to very good friends playing and
stopping what they are doing to go and receive their balloons. The last
line of the second stanza says “and its spring” means that everything is
just grateful in life when its spring. The line that separates the second
stanza and the third stanza suggests that everything is just joyful for
children. The second to last stanza describes the same thing of the first
two stanzas of how spring is growing, new, and amazing for children.
Finally the last stanza will start the whole process of children stopping
what they are doing to acquire their balloon of fun.

Tom from United States
Comment 49 of 732, added on September 25th, 2005 at 1:24 PM.

I think that the poem refers to the transition of Spring in the perspective
of the children. Like Christmas, when kids grow up, they see events such as
Christmas or in this case, SPring, as something trivial. The magic or
spirit of that season gets lost. That is why notice the spacing in "far and
wee". It gets farther and farther. This is the whistling made by Pan (who
is the allusion for the balloonman) who has reeds. He is the GOd of Nature
and also music, and he epitomizes spring since as mentioned, he is the GOd
of Nature. In Just is a compact way of saying: "When spring is finally
here." Pan is represented as a balloonman probably because a balloonman is
a figure that entices and excites the kid regardless of his sex. So as the
children grows up they deem the balloonman to be a mythical figure, since
like Spring, they see it to be a myth then, nothing real or special.

Peachie from Philippines
Comment 48 of 732, added on September 25th, 2005 at 8:55 AM.

my teacher is asking me about the speaker,setting,purpose,stylistic and
conflict.but the problem is that i have no idea about it.i need help anyone
please,and thank u to anyone who helpa me.

k from Greece
Comment 47 of 732, added on September 7th, 2005 at 9:52 PM.

The poem is about how innocence is fooled by flashyy happy figures.THe
author tried to paint everything wth happiness to cover the bad motives of
the ballonman. l8ter he revieled tht the ballonman is like pan lascivous
and lustful though free spirited.. jomar

jomar decastro from Philippines
Comment 46 of 732, added on August 30th, 2005 at 4:26 PM.

Notice that the word 'spring' always appears separate from the other words.
It's akin to a disconnect -- as if the children (or something else) are cut
off from the 'mud-luscious' and 'puddle-wonderful' nature of spring though
they'd like to immerse their juvenile curiosity in it. Or 'spring' can
refer to the walking motion a goat-footed old balloonman might make...i.e.
'springing' or lurching forward. Additionally, 'far and wee' morphs into
'far and wee' and finally so that 'far' is on top, 'and' is in the middle
and 'wee' is below, which suggests capture or a change in the distance
between what is far and what is wee. Also notice that 'balloonman' becomes
'balloonMan', which implies a change in the relative size of the satyr to
the children. Methinks this poem is meant to be queer (i.e. odd) and in so
doing, Cummings is teasing the innocence of childhood with suggested
pedophilia...and he's using this as a way to suggest the violation of
nature (the children) by rationality (the misshapen goat-footed lecher).

Joshua from United States
Comment 45 of 732, added on August 23rd, 2005 at 3:15 PM.

i like to poop apples and bannanas, i ain't no holla back girl

poop from United States
Comment 44 of 732, added on August 19th, 2005 at 4:24 PM.

Ok everyone i have to write a essay on this poem and i have no idea how to
start. My teacher asks us a whole bunch of questions and i have o idea how
to answer them! questions like: whats going on? whats he writing about? How
does the idea and format work to produce a masterful poem? What does the
poet seam to be saying about spring? what images or impressions are created
about spring? how does he manipulate language to creat his impressions? How
are impressions about spring created?
And the he asks us to creat a theisis statement of the dominating
impression of spring. I need help anyone please and thankyou to anyone who
helps me!

Klutte from United States
Comment 43 of 732, added on June 22nd, 2005 at 6:42 PM.

the balloon man is a pedophile. goat-footed refers to a satyr which is a
perverted mythological character. and all the wees and wees sound so queer
and sick.

egbert from Canada

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