in Just- by E.E. Cummings
"in Just-" encompasses everything we love about spring (even puddles for the children). Children are outdoors playing games, people are whistling and happy, people are dancing, and it's time for carnivals. Children are often a subject of Cummings' poetry. In some poems, he writes about kids. In others, he writes as a kid. Perhaps it is because it's something everyone can relate to. Or, maybe, it's because it's something he wishes he could go back to.
This poem is written in dada with added spaces and line breaks. He does it to add tempo and rhythm changes while being innovative and seen as charasmatic.
in Just- in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful the queer old balloonman whistles far and wee and bettyandisbel come dancing from hop-scotch and jump-rope and it's spring and the goat-footed balloonMan whistles far and wee Published in The Dial, May 1920.
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Modernism, 19th Century
Love, Spring, Childhood