[in Just-]

By E. E. Cummings 1894–1962
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

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Poet E. E. Cummings 1894–1962

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Coming of Age, Nature, Youth, Living, Spring, Mythology & Folklore

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 E. E. Cummings

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"Among the most innovative of twentieth-century poets," according to Jenny Penberthy in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, E. E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis. He also . . .

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SUBJECT Coming of Age, Nature, Youth, Living, Spring, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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