Creative Writing Paper on Appreciating Romantic in Poetry

Appreciating Romantic in Poetry

The poem which is analyzed for the use of a romantic language is “I Carry Your Heart with Me” by E.E cummings. This is a poem that has made use of a vivid imagery to express how the person feels for the object of his/her affection. Cummings was fond of writing poems that touched on love and nature, and this one is no exception. It is remarkable how he combines the expressions of love and comparison with nature, both earthly and out of this world, smoothly. This is one of the most direct romantic poems ever written, and it is a wonder that it can also apply to situations where intimate affection is not implied such as in the case of platonic friendships.

This poem entails a persona who is telling his lover that he carries her hearth with him wherever he goes. The speaker is talking to the object of his affection directly by calling her ‘my dear’ and ‘my darling’ severally in the poem. The speaker tells the lover that he adores her and loves her very much, and that she is his entire world, influencing his every decision and how he views the world. The magic that the feelings for the lover evoke in the speaker is expressed in the rich imagery used in the poem such as “this is the wonder that is keeping the stars apart…” this expression leaves a great impression on the reader and gives the reader an insight into the romantic nature of the composer of the poem.

A pattern is observed in this poem that there is no capitalization of the personal pronoun for the first person, even though it is used several times in this poem. This is Cummings’ way of endearing the speaker to the lover by putting the speaker at the same level with the lover. Since the reference to the lover (second person), is not capitalized in standard English, it would sound selfish for the speaker to capitalize the reference to self. This could be an allusion to the selflessness that is practiced in an intimate relationship. The speaker cannot divorce his actions from the actions of the lover, as they are one. Every action, every step taken by the speaker is done with the lover in mind ‘…anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling…’

There is lack of punctuation in the stanzas of this poem. This is a visual approach used by Cummings to indicate the unity between the speaker in this poem and the lover to whom it is addressed. The speaker, though and independent individual, is tied emotionally to the lover such that anything done by the speaker is for and because of the lover. Cummings is able to communicate this intimate bond between two people very effectively, making him a romantic.

Cummings has made use of contradiction to express the adrenaline and dopamine rush that is experience by an individual in love ‘…i fear…no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) …’ this uncertainty that is immediately followed by reassurance is a clear reflection of the feelings felt by the speaker. The speaker likens the good that is done by the moon and the sun to the actions of the lover, revealing deep adoration.