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

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Comment 35 of 725, added on April 23rd, 2005 at 4:06 PM.

"and eddyandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring "

"the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee"

the words queer and gay over the years has come to what we think of as
being one with the same s**. As for when this poem was made.... who knows
if those words were meaning back then the same as now. Queer means odd way
back... gay means happy way back when.... now adays it seems to both mean
the same thing gay=gay queer=gay.... back then when the poem was made it
might of meant the old belief gay=happy queer=odd.
I think someone here just thought it would be funny to bring it up being as
a gay poem.... in the new sense of gay. When I looked at it I thought hmm
sounds weird I never thought of it as a s**ual nature

Amanda M from Canada
Comment 34 of 725, added on April 19th, 2005 at 9:19 PM.

im ding a study on this poem for reading class and its very hard to decice
on a good solid message this poem is giving out. Any suggestions???

kenzie from United States
Comment 33 of 725, added on April 19th, 2005 at 9:02 PM.

ANDREW, he isn't relating happy to queer. As you said queer means unusual.
Is there not something unusual about a man with goat feet???

Kenzie from United States
Comment 32 of 725, added on April 18th, 2005 at 9:23 PM.

I think this poet is crazy. Yet this must be one of his most sain poems i
have seen. You say to look at this from a childs point of view and i did a
i saw my self running from a ballon man with hooves.

Comment 31 of 725, added on April 10th, 2005 at 8:41 AM.

Why did cummings isolate 'in Just-' on the first line? I think to indicate
clearly the main theme of this poem. Think 'injustice' and re-read thw
whole poem. He is expressing profound regret over the fleeting nature of
childhood innocence and fun. Look at the imagery from a child's point of
view, and not with an adult's cynicism. Mudlucious and puddlewonderful,
etc. are how the children feel, not grownup observers.

I am so deeply ensconced in the 'happy' camp of readers of "in Just-" that
I must ask again of all you cynics to sit back down again, inhale a few of
the your happiest, most playful childhood memories, and only then re-read
this poem.

John Elliott from United Kingdom
Comment 30 of 725, added on April 6th, 2005 at 6:40 PM.

This is out of control. There is no relationship between the word queer and
the word happy. Queer means unusual. Gay means happy. Queer is a word used
in reference to homosexuals (i.e., gays), not in reference to people who
are happy (i.e., gay). So queer in this context is unusual, or odd, not
gay--the usage does not arrive until much after the publication of the
poem--and at no time has queer, past or present, ever meant happy.

Comment 29 of 725, added on March 29th, 2005 at 9:52 PM.

I love this poet. He is the founder of literary cubism, which is awsome, in
paintings and in writing, thanks to cummings. I'm not sure about the Satan
thing, but I think the balloon man represents evil of some sort that takes
away the childhood from all these children.

Kasia from United Kingdom
Comment 28 of 725, added on March 20th, 2005 at 12:10 PM.

I think this poem is really fun to read, and I really don't see it from a
malicious point of view, like some of you. "In Just" is one of those poems
that you can read when you're feeling down or depressed, and it'll cheer
you up. It brings back the happy childhood memories. I give Cummings two
thumbs up!

Caren from United States
Comment 27 of 725, added on March 16th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.

I really enjoyed 'In Just' Its really an interesting poem...!!!

Lupton from United States
Comment 26 of 725, added on March 4th, 2005 at 1:43 PM.

Although most of you who read this poem seem to believe that he is alluding
to "Satan" or some other form of evil in the poem i believe that it is
showing the defects in people which add to their kindness and personality.
Although, all should remember that poetry is open to any interpretation,
but this one was my way of seeing it.

Jarrod from United States

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