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

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Comment 44 of 734, 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 734, 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
Comment 42 of 734, added on June 6th, 2005 at 5:26 PM.

The title is In Just, however the poem is from a collection of poems, the
book titled:Chanson innocente
If your teacher continues not to believe you, tell him/her that do to
Modern American Poet and search E.E. Cummings there, you will find that you
are correct.

flamba from Canada
Comment 41 of 734, added on May 19th, 2005 at 8:53 AM.

I am reading and evaluating this poem for my junior english class. My
teacher and I had a disagreement about the title, in one book available in
my class the poem is titled, "In Just-" but in another book, the poem is
titled "Chanson innocente", which is french meaning "Innocente Song", what
is the actual published title of this poem?

Neil from United States
Comment 40 of 734, added on May 16th, 2005 at 12:04 AM.

The second line refering to "spring" and "mudlusious" seems to indicate
that it has been raining and that the rain has stopped. Water is often
associated with sexuality...I don't think this is neccessarily gutter talk
here, cummings is celebrating the newness of life and the first notice of
the opposite sex. There's conversely an old man who passes through,
unmoved by the passion and energy felt by the children. He is in his
autumn perhaps. I feel goat footed means he walks with a hobble....He's
seen many seasons like this one, many children come and grow old...he's
unaffected by the newness and budding hormones in the air. I feel he's
amused by it perhaps, content maybe. The balloons represent color,
excitement, awakening...or maybe since the boys are becoming men and the
girls women, the balloon man is an anachronism...no one needs him anymore.
It's wide open to interpretation. Cummings was a non-conformist, but I
think there's an inwardness and innocense about him.

cd from United States
Comment 39 of 734, added on May 7th, 2005 at 4:07 PM.

u mean he WAS a good writer. He died in 1962

Ang from United States
Comment 38 of 734, added on May 6th, 2005 at 1:54 PM.

THis is an awesome poem and I think that you are an awesome writer

KJ from United States
Comment 37 of 734, added on May 6th, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

"In Just-" means injustice of spring. The balloonMan is Pan from mythology
is incharge of spring. He is half man, half goat, with horns. the
balloons attract the birds, the bees,etc. Pan has a reedpipe...which he
uses to whistle (balloon man). Mud and puddles are good things, because
they mean the spring showers have come. Eddieandbill means all little
boys. "Running from marbles and piracies" is a freudian concept of the
boys moving into puberty from childhood. Bettyanddisbell means all little
girls. Hopscotch and jump-rope are also freudian. At the end it says
"goat-footed balloonMan" is again alluding to Pan.

jessica from United States
Comment 36 of 734, added on April 25th, 2005 at 11:53 AM.

This particular poem is very open to interpretation, but the trick i think
is to figure out the intent of the author. This can be done by considering
tone, mood , and usage. In the case of Cummings one must also consider word
placement. For example the pairing of the children's names (eddieandbill)
could represent the inseperableness of childhood friends and give a clue as
to the point-of-view this poem is meant to be looked at i.e. a child's
perspective. As for the balloonman I think his only relevance is that he is
obviously deformed in some way ("the little lame ballonman","the
goat-footed ballonman", the queer ballonman")and this is only important
because while adults grow to be wary of those that are different the
children still run to the unique balloonman. They dont care about his
deformities they are only interested in his wonderful,fun ballons. This
leads us to the theme of the poem. Youth as a innocent, playful and
wonderful thing that can see only fun and the prospect of adventure is the
theme to which i refer. Some may not be able to see this as the case but i
think that with the proper perspective this becomes obvious. For instance
the "mud-luscious", and "puddle-wonderful" are oxymorons are they not. But
yet to a child mud offers the prospect of an adventure,perhaps a mud-pie
being baked, or a nice sliding dive into the mud pit. im sure as a child
many of the readers took part in a little mud-slinging. The implications of
puddle-wonderful can easily be understood when one thinks back to childhood
and all the times one went puddle-jumping. As for the poems title "IN
Just-" it is not reference to injustice as I see it. The first line of the
poem "In just-/spring" reveals the meaning as the beggining, as in it's
'just' begun or 'just' now, it's 'just' spring its the beginning of our
journey through life,and oh how easy it was when u couldn't see the ugly of
life and only the beautiful things(such as spring when evrythings in bloom.

jj tha enterprise from United States
Comment 35 of 734, 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

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