I carry it hidden in a parenthesis


Today we have a very famous poem by E.E Cummings. Some people write his name as e.e cummings. This is because this is closer to the style of his poems. In his poems Cummings experiments with style, grammar and punctuation. So in the poem you will not see a single period( full stop) and no word is capitalized. Even the I is written as i. Also, you will find that the poem itself does not rhyme- so it is free verse. One interesting thing about this poem is the use of parenthesis. When I read this poem I felt that the parenthesis give the effect of carrying something hidden and precious – and that is the theme of this poem. The poem is wonderful and I hope you enjoy reading it. Next week I will post one more poem by 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
no 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
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


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in spite of everything
which breathes and moves,since Doom
(with white longest hands
neatening each crease)
will smooth entirely our minds

-before leaving my room
i turn,and(stooping
through the morning)kiss
this pillow,dear
where our heads lived and were.
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