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

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Comment 46 of 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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 836, 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

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