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)
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)
e e cummings was a true Renaissance man. His work ranged from poetry to plays to even
paintings. His diverse and rich career may explain his extremely unusual writing style:
cummings, as evident from the poem above, enjoyed experimenting with punctuation, repetition,
and subject matter. At first glance, you might be thinking this poem seems a little like
something a second grader would write, and that you could’ve written this in your sleep.
Just keep in mind that you didn’t; e e cummings did, and now he’s famous.
At any rate, there’s much fashion inspiration to be drawn from the childlike aspect of the poem.
While you could throw on an adult sized onesie and call it a day, a more sophisticated option is to
dress in bright colors and unique cuts or styles to evoke the creativity, boldness, and excitement
kids seem to ooze. Along those lines, follow cummings’s unconventional style to a daring outfit.
Wear tons of jewelry in both gold and silver to represent cummings’s use of punctuation, or
challenge a “fashion faux pas”—I’ve heard wearing socks with sandals is in now anyway. Maybe
wear clothes typically not associated with your gender, or experiment with different combinations
of contrasting pieces in your closet.
If you entertain a more classic or tame fashion style, fear not; the content of the poem has much to
offer as well. The pure love and adoration the speaker has for the recipient of the poem is full of
inspiration. Colors such as pinks, reds, and purples, would perfectly reflect the romantic theme, as
would sweet clothing details—think ruffles or flouncy fabrics. If love poems are too cheesy for
your taste, focus on the multiple references to nature. Silvery metallics allude to the moon and stars, and
brighter warm colors evoke the sun. Or, express the root referred to in the poem with deep greens and
warm earth tones.
Now that you have plenty of fashion inspiration, let cummings’s poem be a reminder to let your
loved ones know how much you love them!