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Comment 83 of 793, added on October 28th, 2007 at 6:43 PM.

It's spring fever happening! He's calling eddy and bill, betty and isabel
(children} on the way to adulthood. Puberty? I think so......Using Pan was
perfect. Brilliant

angi from United States
Comment 82 of 793, added on September 6th, 2007 at 6:09 PM.

My favorite poet is Mr. Cummings, and there is no reason whatsoever that
you should disrespect him just because he talks about a ballonman. I AM HIS

veRani(ca Cummings from United States
Comment 81 of 793, added on July 2nd, 2007 at 1:14 PM.

Twice in the poem Cummings attributes less-than-desirable adjetives to the
Balloonman. "Lame" and "goat-footed." I do not believe Cummings
specifically intends Satan with these words, but indicates a diabolical or
impure aspect to the character. He leads them from the mindless joys of
childhood as we all must metaphorically. Our Balloonmen have been jobs or
responsibilities or sex...etc.

jeff from United States
Comment 80 of 793, 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 793, added on May 21st, 2007 at 8:53 PM.

I agree that it is about pan and the whisle

Comment 78 of 793, 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 793, 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 793, 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 793, 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 793, 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

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