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

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Comment 26 of 836, added on March 4th, 2005 at 1:43 PM.

Although most of you who read this poem seem to believe that he is alluding
to "Satan" or some other form of evil in the poem i believe that it is
showing the defects in people which add to their kindness and personality.
Although, all should remember that poetry is open to any interpretation,
but this one was my way of seeing it.

Jarrod from United States
Comment 25 of 836, added on March 4th, 2005 at 6:58 AM.

Not dealing with smut here? have you read "she being Brand"? Sexual
awakening is definately a possibility, but I wouldn't rule out just plain
old growing up either.

Matt from United States
Comment 24 of 836, added on February 9th, 2005 at 3:55 PM.

This poem has absolutely NOTHING to do with an awakening of sex, Satan, or
divergence from innocence. e. e. cumming merely paints through repetition
of "and" and childhood diction the "spring" of childhood. The goat-footed
ballonman is just PAN. Friggin' A, get your minds of of the gutter! We're
not dealing with smut here, it's e. e. cummings!

Comment 23 of 836, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

comment # 12, by erik. You must not read too much cummings. The grammar
"mistakes" are his trademark and what sets him apart from every other poet
and makes him so great. He writes however he sees fit to get his point
across and make us think. They have nothing to do with this particular

Adrienne from United States
Comment 22 of 836, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:12 PM.

I love Cummings, especially this poem. Mistero, I thank you for your
insightful comments on "in Just", which has always stirred a youthful
excitement in me. The images here are childish and powerful descriptives
that celebrate aspects of the spring season in stark juxtaposition to adult
values and responsibilities. The title/beginning expresses this contrast
with the capitalization and resulting emphasis on "Just", which devalues
the mud and puddles from the adult perspective while connoting the
authority in this point of view. I agree that the creepy feeling that some
readers are experiencing likely finds root in the mistreatment of children
and the responsibilities of adulthood perceived all too frequently in the
current age. This doesn't make the feeling any less real, because good
poetry entertains subjective interpretation, but there is strong evidence
in the text that the writer's emphasis is on a celebration of youth and an
appreciation of change. Let's not forget that our little baloonman is
"lame" in direct contrast to this "mud-lucious" season.

Newton from United States
Comment 21 of 836, added on January 30th, 2005 at 4:31 PM.

the way the names of the children are spelled makes me realize that
childrens' names really don't matter. a child could have a "best friend"
and never know their name. is the balloon man just another nickname? a
spirit of a child's happiness? but i think above all that cummings likes
people to ponder, no matter the subject.

jess from United States
Comment 20 of 836, added on January 29th, 2005 at 12:21 PM.

It's the title that gets me. At first I thought "in-just", as in
"injustice", and it made sense that childhood is so fleeting, before you
know it, our mud and our puddles become corrupted by the realities....that
the little funny balloonman suddenly has aspects that are harsh and
unpleasant, like life.

Now that i write this---I stick with that early assessment! It's just a
shame that it happens so quickly and we grow to embrace adult perspectives,
when actually, our childhood unadulterated childhood perceptions are what
really count.

Alan Glazen from United States
Comment 19 of 836, added on January 29th, 2005 at 5:37 AM.

i read this poem a few years ago, and think this is one of the sweetest
poems cummings wrote. There are no satans or dark secrets to be found. It's
just a simple poem about childhood, it's rich with imagery and feelings,
but i dont think we should project modern day skepticism into it.
It's a light and open poem, visually - by the arrangement of the text on
the paper as well as through the words used,
maybe that's all it's meant to be - a simple and beautiful work about his

Arman from Malaysia
Comment 18 of 836, added on January 26th, 2005 at 1:20 AM.

I thought it was interesting that the boys were the first to reach
adulthood because in that time the men had to work at a young age to
provide for the family. Then the girls came dancing, much more elegant
than jumping rope as they were looking to get married. It's also
interesting to note that the original title for this poem was "Chansons
Innocentes". Like William Blakes, "Songs of Innocence". I also like how
the adjective in front of the balloonman change as the children grow older.
At first he is "lame" and they don't pay attention because they are busy
playing. Once they reach adolescence he is "queer" and "old" just like all
teenagers have the attitude that adults are old and dont know what they are
talking about. Then once he becomes the balloonMan he no longer has an
adjective but is merely another Man. Maybe treated as an associate or just
something that the children have accepted as a fact of life.

Charnae from United States
Comment 17 of 836, added on January 2nd, 2005 at 6:00 PM.

the majority of these readings are peurile at best. beyond that
instantaneously observable point, the first fellow to malign queer with
happy (and not gay with happy--does anyone know what etymology is?) should
purchase a dictionary; the remainder of you who not only allowed this
egregious error in diction to go unchecked but reiterated his faulty
sentiments should be shot. queer would mean unusual, or deviating from
expectation--not gay, and certainly not happy. As to the readings put
forth, well, i've seen worse, but not much worse.

brad from Canada

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