I Carry Your Heart With Me Poem by E.E. Cummings Summary, Notes and Line by Line Explanation in English


Among E. E. Cummings’s most popular romantic poem is “I Carry Your Heart With Me” which originally appeared in 1952. Presenting the poem towards this individual and implying every aspect that happens has become imbued with their romanticism, the speaker expresses a profound attraction to an unnamed admirer. It has long been a popular choice for verse about marriage and affection. It is basically a great love that goes beyond the head and into the core. The love encountered here in this poem transcends the body and soul. This love is eternal, and it shall persist even after the body has withered. 

About the Poet

E.E. Cummings is one of the most profound writers of the 20th century. He served in World War I as a volunteer for the ambulance corps. Highly influenced by Picasso, Cummings considered himself as a painter as well as a poet. He disregards the use of capital letters and never follows the traditional rules and regulations of writing. He is one of the modern poets who mainly deals with the themes of profound love and eternal relationships.  


This love poem resembles a lot like a sonnet, having been made up of 14 lines. It however lacks the conventional meter and rhyme. 

Summary and Analysis

Lines 1-4 

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)


The poem starts with the speaker proclaiming his love for his partner by saying that he always carries his lover in him no matter where he goes. They are so connected to each other that they co-exist together. The speaker further says that wherever he goes his lover is sure to go with him, and this is because his lover resides inside his heart. Even if the speaker acts individually it shall no longer be considered as a mono act. Whatever he does is inspired by or associated with his lover as his lover is forever placed inside his heart. 


Though the subject of the poem is unidentified, the speaker’s love for this person becomes clear from the very beginning of the poem. The speaker focuses solely on the love he and his lover share. The speaker’s thoughts are quite unique but they do show how much he values his lover. He repeats the words “i carry” quite often suggesting that he does indeed carry his lover’s heart within his. The love talked about here is one of the greatest love according to the poet for it transcends all possibilities and limitations. The speaker’s love is more than just love as it stands the test of time for being united and closely intertwined with one another. The lover mirrors the speaker’s actions out of love and vice versa. The narrator might come off too strong to claim at the very beginning that their hearts reside within one another but his intentions are pure and he does so out of love. 

Lines 5-9

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


Over here the speaker says that he is not afraid of what the future holds as he knows his lover is fate. He is positive that his fate will shine as his lover will be part of his life. The speaker no longer yearns for any other type of life as his relationship has made him complete. He feels his existence has found a worth. The poem delves deep as he compares his lover’s presence with that of the moon and the sun. He finally understands meaningless elements like the moon and has found the meaning. Similarly the feeling of happiness that one encounters upon seeing the sun is the same as the poet does upon seeing his lover. 


The writer makes a connection between his destiny and his connection with the partner: if the future is thought of as an endpoint or final destination, then she is the outcome. There is no anxiety because of the notion that one fate is completely entangled with another. Everybody’s fate is unique. Since she satisfies all of his desires and needs, he also has zero material desire for the entire globe. She provides all and is the entire universe. The dearly the sweetheart, the lover encompasses all enigma, every emotion, and all womanhood through the years, according to the idea that the moon and sun convey significance and melody. Singing is connected to the upcoming music of summer and springtime. Noting that the past tense has always meant, will always sing in contrast.

Lines 10-15

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)


The feeling of connection which the speaker feels with his lover is unlike any relation he has ever had or can even fathom. Their love is boundless and pure and it resembles the truth of life. The poet claims that their love is growing and expanding like that of a tree, a tree that exceeds all human understandings in life. So powerful is their love that it keeps the elemental forces together tightly just like keeping stars from crashing together. Finally the speaker ends the poem with his urge that he indeed carries his lover’s heart within his, implying that this love is all for him and nothing else. 


The speaker delivers some traditional wisdom in the manner of an unknown that nobody is aware of since it is a philosophical marvel pertaining to how things develop, reside, and endure. They are getting close to the holy but not exactly; they might be considering love, but it’s not stated. This final verse does not contain the word my heart. It appears as though the speaker is trying to support his emotions with references to the natural world, the wonder of growth, and the wider life of the universe. how things function and fit properly. The speaker implies that this love is solely for him and nothing else by urging that he truly bears his lover’s heart within him at the poem’s conclusion.