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

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Comment 80 of 770, 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 770, added on May 21st, 2007 at 8:53 PM.

I agree that it is about pan and the whisle

Comment 78 of 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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

beth from United States
Comment 73 of 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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


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