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Angel Leung Ms. Lau English 20 25 September 2007 In Just By reading E.E. Cummings' poem "In Just", one can identity several examples of figurative language that Cummings used in his poem to convey themes of childhood. For example, the language that he used is referring to a child's language such as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful". Cummings used these words to describe simple descriptions of what an innocent child enjoy doing- "marbles", "hop-scotch and "jump-rope". He also used a unique way to structure his poem by spacing and inventing child words for the poem to be more effective. Cummings was successful in creating vivid images of childhood, organizing the spatial arrangements and using poetic devices such as onomatopoeia and repetition. ...read more.


Some of the words that Cummings used to describe childhood were "marbles and piracies" (7) and "hope-scotch and jump-rope" (15). This clearly described what the innocent children enjoyed doing outside during spring. The words "eddieandbill" and "bettyandisbel" was to show the effect that they are best friends and inseparable. Cummings also used imaginative words that he created such as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful" to show the innocent and wonderful world of childhood children have. When the writer described about the balloon man whistling, the "wee" could be a sound from the man calling the children to follow him so as they move toward to the balloon man, they are moving away from childhood toward adulthood. ...read more.


Later on, as the children are growing up, they begin to notice "the queer old baloonman" (11) is different and strange to them. Finally, the capitalization of M in "the goat-footed baloonMan" (20) represents that the children have grown up and left their innocence behind. In conclusion, I think Cummings did an excellent way of describing what childhood really feels like. However, as children move on towards adulthood, they will also become more mature and grow to embrace adult perspective, which may lead them to have nasty thoughts in their mind. This is what happens to many children, and I think Cummings wrote this poem to let children know what the real world is like; "innocent" and "puddle-wonderful" will be left behind as we begin to step into adulthood. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leung 1 ...read more.

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