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in Just- by E.E. Cummings

Analysis

"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.

Poem

in Just-
By 

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, .

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
Modernism, 19th Century

Subjects
Love, Spring, Childhood