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What two meanings might the word "just" have in "In Just," the poem by E. E. Cummings?

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Cummings was not enamored of that kind of “play on words” – his poetry concentrated on vivid imagery (in this sense he can be grouped with William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound).  In this simple sketch of youth, Cummings means “in the first part of Spring, the just-barely Spring—let us say late February-early March for New England--the melting-of-snow part, the Spring rains part, as opposed to the flower-blooming part”, when the world is...

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