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[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

by E. E. Cummings

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

With all the experimenting we see happening in "[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]," it's no shock that Cummings would opt for free verse over the traditional sonnet. At the same time, thou...

Speaker

Our speaker is definitely in love, so we've got a first-person voice happening in this poem. But it's not your average lusty kind of love that's likely to burn out before anyone ever knew it was th...

Setting

We're not in a garden watching a pair of swans do their thing. Thank goodness for that. Instead "[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]" looks as if it takes place in the speaker's heart. How c...

Sound Check

It sounds peaceful and in love. We'd definitely like to have what the speaker is having. At the same time, though, it's not as if "[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]" sounds like some loves...

What's Up With the Title?

The weird-looking title we get prepares us for all the experimental stuff we see in the poem's body. "[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]" catches our attention, since it looks so not like w...

Calling Card

It's hard to come up with a better label for Cummings than "linguistic rebel." The guy's a rock star for literary geeks as he thumbs his nose at linguists and English teachers all over the globe. W...

Tough-o-Meter

Don't expect every E. E. Cummings poem to get such a relatively easy rating. He has quite a few gems that may have some brilliant syntax but can be a pain in the neck to figure out. But "[i carry y...

Trivia

Critics are really concerned with the whole lowercase type issue when it comes to Cummings's name. (Source)E. E. was a volunteer ambulance driver in WWI. (Source.)Did you know Cummings did a lot of...

Steaminess Rating

Although this Cummings poem is about love, we don't see any of the sex part. Sorry folks, but we're talking about love in a cosmic and romantic way that's more emotional than physical.
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