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

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Comment 6 of 836, added on October 19th, 2004 at 11:57 PM.

cummings is amazing. The form of the poem makes me think of the children
on swings as does the placement of far and wee, i can see the swings go up
and down. ITs amazing I love Cummings.

David from United States
Comment 5 of 836, added on October 12th, 2004 at 8:59 PM.

Okay, for starters the balloonMan can be representitive of Satan or Pan, he
can also be a Pied Piper figure. The whistling "far and wee" reminds us of
the Pied Piper calling out to the children and leading them away. Pan also
plays a pipe, more well known as Panpipes and he is also goatfooted. The
poem also shows us that the balloonMan has horns. Look at how ee cummings
spells his name, balloonMan, the 'M' gives the horn image. It is clear that
at first the children don't know that he is leading them out of innocence,
by the time they see his true nature it is too late. The main reason why
the balloonMan is so sinister is because he is taking the children away in
the spring of thier lives, naturally thier innocence is lost later on in
the metapharical 'autumn'. I love this poem and the chills it sends up my
spine.

Sarah from Canada
Comment 4 of 836, added on October 6th, 2004 at 8:18 PM.

Cummings is a master of syntax. Their should be a descending line
seperation between "and"- "the"- "goat-footed" to stress the evil that
lurks within humans. Also the capitalization of balloonMan is one that
catches the eye and causes a disassociation between this individual sinner
and a harmless title of "balloon man." I will never get tired of this poem.

Benjamin
Comment 3 of 836, added on September 27th, 2004 at 1:02 AM.

The word goat-footed is an allusion to Pan and not Satan.

Brittany Shupe from Canada
Comment 2 of 836, added on September 20th, 2004 at 5:06 AM.

It talks of the transition of childhood.There is a soothing feeling of
gladness when the children happily come out to play at the whistle of the
balloonman.But cummings definately gives us a creepy feeling when he says
that the balloonman is "goatfooted".

Sneha Shetty from India
Comment 1 of 836, added on August 29th, 2004 at 5:25 AM.

Possibly the creepiest poem I have ever read. I have read it a few times
now, and no matter how much I brace myself for it, all the hairs on my arms
stand up, and shivers run up and down my spine.

Mary Brady from United Kingdom

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