In Just Poem

Authors Avatar


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.

Join now!

        After reading this poem, one may be full of curiosity of why Cummings would structure his poem with spatial arrangements. It is very interesting because very few poems are structured as spatial such as Cummings, which caused his poems to be very unique. A few reasons why Cummings might have done this were to show different patterns, as in the three different arrangements of the words “far and wee” and also to structure like a nursery rhyme. However, the spaces between the “far” could be also meaning how much distance the balloon man’s whistling is far from the children.

        Some ...

This is a preview of the whole essay