E.E. Cummings.


Do you know the movie In her Shoes? It is a nice little story but more importantly one of my favorite poems has been mentioned.  I Carry Your Heart with Me by E.E. Cummings. 

E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings was born in 1894 in Massachusetts. He is a 20th century novelist and poet. Cummings’s parents were soon aware of his talent and encouraged him to keep on writing. He was best known for his amazing poems and his innovations in structure and style. E.E. Cummings obtained his B.A and M.A. from Harvard University where his father was a  professor. After graduation he served in World War I for the ambulance corps. At the end of the war he moved to Paris to study art. In 1924 he moved to New York. 

Cummings works are also known to have a lot of focus on love, sexuality and nature and initially he did not find a publisher so he self-published most of his work and financially struggled. In the 40s and 50s a lot more people started to enjoy his work and he gave public readings. He received fellowships, awards and prizes (for example the Bollinger Prize for Poetry from Yale University). He usually painted in the afternoon and had many art shows in galleries. His works are somewhat influenced by Gertrude Stein. Cummings loved to write at night because he said that this was the time of the day when he was most creative. 

E.E. Cummings died in 1962 from a brain hemorrhage. If you want to know more, I recommend the biography E.E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever. 

Here, my favorite poem. Enjoy! 

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

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 grows
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)

Click here to read it in German. Enjoy! 

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