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

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Comment 96 of 836, added on November 16th, 2009 at 12:47 PM.
in just

i think this poem is about how spring is the time where everything is
reborn and young and new and fresh and pure and innocent- so it's naturally
the time where children are drawn to play outside in the nature and beauty
of the earth and really connect with each other and the enviornment around
them. and even though it is beautiful and fresh its also beautiful in from
a child's eyes: ex. "mud-lucious" and "world of puddles" - who appreciates
puddles besides a kid? then the balloonman represents an adult who has to
signal to call in the children and herd them in from their play back into
the counterinnocent world of adults. and the lame, queer, and goat-footed
are merely insults whispered behind the adult's back by the children for
interupting and trying to alter their fun. because wouldn't it be great if
the world worked where you could play outside and connect with the earth
and your playmates and not have to ever "come inside" or answer to that
call? and yet "adulthood" takes over and whistles for us.

kassidy from United States
Comment 95 of 836, added on April 29th, 2009 at 8:05 PM.

Mud-luscious!I love his style. This has to be my favorite of his poems.

RoXanne from Australia
Comment 94 of 836, added on March 23rd, 2009 at 7:43 PM.

I think this poem is symbol of the deep love of a flower. wee is a latin
word defined by the root word weaa which means beauty. Ee cummings wrote
many poems about spring, flowers, and love (see "somewhere i have never
traveled and when serpents bargain for the right to squirm). His deep love
for flowers can be shown by the use of the latin root and by the balloon
man. A balloon man can always be seen in spring floating around the rose
bushes with his array of balloons.

roger swatchit from Vietnam
Comment 93 of 836, added on March 15th, 2009 at 2:04 PM.

After I read e.e. cummings's poem I felt happy when he described the
children leaving their favorite activities. However, then I realized he was
saying only once in a life's season we are innocent children (in
Just-spring). But then we idealistically go out into the world and deal
with the indifferences, injustices, and trajedies including death that
adult life brings. Allow all children to enjoy their childhood because it's
only for a springtime of their life.

Elena G. Salaiz from United States
Comment 92 of 836, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:24 PM.

like many of you commenting on this, i am also doing a report on the
fascinating ee cummings. When i read this poem i feel that he is trying to
express the greatness of spring. He talks about how the children run out
and play in the mud-licious. Also to me the ballonman is another way to say
the wind. All of the adjectives he uses to describe the ballonman are all
ways to describe wind, lame it could be annyoing, queer- maybe mysteriuos,
curious... There could be a deeper meaning but this is just how i see the
poem. comments to let me know what you think

Isabel from Canada
Comment 91 of 836, added on January 12th, 2009 at 3:17 PM.

This poem is a snapshot taken over time. Think about that; a snapshot
taken over time. My college professor read this slowly and accentuated
there was something very sinister going on here. To me, this poem is
multi-layered and can take the form of good or evil depending on the
interpretation. It is split between boys and girls, taking them away from
their fun activities and introducing them to their graduation into
adulthood. A balloon entices them and is given as their reward. The rest
is up to them. It is only a matter of time before the graduated kids
become 'queer' and 'old' and in turn will continue the inevitable cycle of
inviting others into their graduation ceremony. The snapshot is taken in
spring when life begins to thrive again, and over time we know these
children will move into their own rendition of Pan. When I read this and
breathe it in, I remember the long pause my instructor gave after his
reading. It was almost fearful. Perhaps he recalls the day he was given
his balloon.

gary from United States
Comment 90 of 836, added on December 16th, 2008 at 10:40 AM.

It's simple, the goat-footed man is reference to the Greek God of shepherds
and flocks, Pna. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring
(season of sex). Its a poem about loss of innocense.

Alli from United States
Comment 89 of 836, added on December 10th, 2008 at 10:22 PM.

WAiT A MINUTE! the baloonman is the good guy. See the first area is told
by the view of a boy then the second a girl...their comments about the man
are mean and they make us hate him too. But the last area is the veiw of
an observer, who states the only flaw he can see and it is the way he
walks. And thats it. he is simply a man who is enjoying spring. And the
children convince us that he is evil just as they once were. I had to
write an essay on this poem and it didn't occur to me till the very end
when i wsa wondering why the spelling was baloonMan...then it hit me. So
the balloonman is really a nice normal dude

B EN from Canada
Comment 88 of 836, added on December 7th, 2008 at 5:17 PM.

the poem could be broken up all strange because the baloonman could of
distracted the children breaking up their fun (maby tying to sell them
Balloons!). and the children could potenially see adults as mean but then
baloonMan could also show that theya re growing up and they too will be
adults. Som,e say the baloon man is the devil dressed up as a good person,
but in E.E. Cumming bio it said that he wrote this poem because of his love
for his home town and for his father. So i don't really think he would
write anything bad about his home town if that is the case...

B EN from Canada
Comment 87 of 836, added on December 4th, 2008 at 11:01 AM.

I really feel like this poem is written in the perspective of a child
showing his innocence and neiveness. I see no reason as to why goat-man is
portraying Satan. I think he is just a source of joy and happiness for
these children in this play.

Jeremy Sneed from United States

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Poet: e.e. cummings
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Added: Jan 31 2004
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