E. E. Cummings

Chansons Innocentes: I - Poem by E. E. Cummings

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 andwee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and


balloonMan whistles

Comments about Chansons Innocentes: I by E. E. Cummings

  • (3/19/2016 2:24:00 PM)

    today ... march 19, 2016 the first day of spring i revisit chansons innocentes each year on this day what a magical whimsical delight (Report) Reply

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  • (3/1/2007 1:40:00 AM)

    One of the greatest poems in recent times on the subject of Spring, renewal and its mythological connections.

    The 'goat footed' is obviously a reference to pan - and all the associated power of nature (nothing devilish at all!) .

    What energy in the children (the Springtime of humankind) .

    What a wonderful idea to link the deep mythological past with dancing youth.
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  • (6/8/2005 6:53:00 PM)

    It's obvious that the balloonman is a Satanic figure, because of the goat feet. I never thought about him being a pedophile, but that makes perfect sense. I always just had the impression of this evil little man luring the children away. (Report) Reply

    George Berman (2/19/2016 2:27:00 AM)

    I must disagree. For me, the balloonman has always been the harbinger of Springtime, the beginning of pleasant days and outdoor play. There is something very wrong with the ideas that fun is sinful (all the vices are fun) and people who are different, or who are less that beautiful (most portrayals of witches) , are consequently evil. I'd much rather have Pan for a neighbor than Cotton Mather or Carrie Nation.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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