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in Just-

in Just-

by E.E. Cummings

Youth Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies (6-8)

When you’re young, everything is sudden and everything is important. Kids don’t walk – they run. Marbles and piracies (imaginary or not) are incredibly pressing, but eddieandbill are willing to drop everything as soon as the promise of balloons is in the air.

Quote #2

and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful (8-10)

Young kids and a young year blend together seamlessly here. Spring becomes the time when young minds can label the world, creating new words like "puddle-wonderful."

Quote #3

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope (14-15)

The repetition of youthful figures running into the poem underscores the sense that the whole world is filled with youth. It’s not just "eddieandbill." It’s "bettyandisbel," too.

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