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

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Comment 50 of 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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 770, 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

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