E.E Cumming Poem Analysis Essay

1121 Words May 12th, 2012 5 Pages
I carry your heart with me

The poem I have chosen to interpret is called “I carry your heart with me”, written by E.E Cummings. I chose this one for several reasons. First of all, I must admit that I really like talking about love and deep feelings. Then, after reading this particular poem, I was reminded of another one of Cumming’s ardent: "Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”I realize that the author is saying something that I have already faced: someone you loved. The poem is all about love in its purest form. It represents all kinds of love, love for yourself, love for you child, love for a sibling or parent, even love for a close friend. To me, this poem is a true representation of how, as human beings, we thrive
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The typography and the layout of the poem were often very important to E.E Cummings, who saw it as an art form. His style adds a certain rhythm into the poem when read aloud. His language is simple which makes the serious subject of the poem more fun and lighthearted. “I carry your heart with me” (line 1-2) so simply written yet, speaks of very complex, yet universal matters. One can assume that we have all gone through this so-called rite of passage, we all have already loved someone so deeply and this simple sentence remembers that to us. This enhances the intimacy and closeness of these two human beings, as if they are not whole without one another. The poetic effect is reinforced throughout the piece through repetition of certain words and phrases. Repetition is, to me, essential in a poem because it adds depth to the poem. The essence of the love E.E Cummings conveys in the poem, through his use of repetition in the description of his love, which him and I believe to be the deepest compassion one can have for another. Moreover, when Cummings writes “secret that nobody knows” (line 10) which he described as “…the root of the root and the bud of the bud / and sky of the sky” (line 11-12), is very apt and poignant. The repetition of the three words so closely together conveys the love’s power and strength and emphasizes how this “secret” is very important

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