In Just Poem Summary, Notes And Line By Line Analysis In English By Edward Estling Cummings


‘In Just’ is a short poem written by e.e. cummings. Written in his signature style, this Modernist poem delves into the beauty of Spring season. 

About the Poet:

Edward Estling Cummings (1894-1962) was a prominent American poet. In addition, he was also an essayist, playwright, and interestingly enough, painter. Famous works of his include ‘anyone lived in a pretty how town’, ‘Tulips and Chimneys’, and ‘Since feeling is first’. 

Explanation of the Poem:

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
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
balloonMan      	whistles

The poem begins with a description of springtime, how it’d be ‘mud-luscious’. During this time, the balloonman arrives with his whistles. The sound of his whistle attracts ‘eddieandbill’, that is, young boys. They abandon their games of ‘marbles and piracies’ and rush to the balloon man.

Next, in the very same ‘puddle-wonderful’ springtime filled, the strange balloonman blows his whistle again. This time, ‘bettyandisbel’, that is, young girls went dancing from their game of ‘hop-scotch and jump-rope’. 

The poem ends with how during springtime is when the ‘goat-footed’ baloonman comes whistling. 


This is a sweet poem. It cocoons the readers in the gentle warmth of sun, making them revisit their childhood once again.