the goat-footed balloonMan (18-20)
Hmm. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: here’s the key that the balloonman might be Pan, the mythical god of the satyrs. Does that make him more a part of the natural world than he would be otherwise? We’re not really sure.
in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious (1-3)
Right off the bat, we’re thrown into a world that has a genuinely good vibe. No scariness, no hard conquests of nature…it’s a delightful spring. That’s not a bad place to be, eh?
the world is mud- luscious (2-3)
Cummings creates some absolutely vivid descriptions of the wonderfulness of spring by suggesting that ordinary language just can’t contain how amazing it is. He has to invent new words to accomplish that.