I Carry Your Heart With Me by E E Cummings

I heard this poem by E E Cummings in the movie “In Her Shoes” and it really moved me. The scene in the movie was an emotional moment between two sisters and their love for each other shines through beautifully. This poem talks of a love so pure that we can dedicate this poem to just about anyone we love!

“…E. E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often by combining two common words into a new synthesis. He also revised grammatical and linguistic rules to suit his own purposes, using such words as “if,” “am,” and “because” as nouns, for example, or assigning his own private meanings to words. Despite their nontraditional form, Cummings’ poems came to be popular with many readers. Cummings was also ranked among the best love poets of his time.”

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I Carry Your Heart With Me by E E Cummings


I carry your heart with me,
I carry it in my heart.
I am never without it,
anywhere I go, you go, my dear.
And whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling.

I fear not fate,
for you are my fate, my sweet.
I want no world,
for beautiful, you are my world, my true.
And it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you.

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows,
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud,
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life,
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide,
and this is the wonder that keeps the stars apart.
I carry your heart,
I carry it in my heart.

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Reading these lines, we can clearly see Cummings’ distinct style of poetry here. “I fear not fate, for you are my fate, my sweet. I want no world, for beautiful, you are my world, my true.” Anyone who has truly loved someone in their life can understand these words that convey the poet’s emotions so well. Love has been described by many over the years and some are closer to the truth than others. However if one wants a very simple way to express their love then these lines from this poem will convey it perfectly – “I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart.”

 

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