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14 February 2009 @ 11:32 pm
Bonus poem: i love you much(most beautiful darling)  

Bonus :)  e.e. cummings.  It's great.  Here's the poem and analysis

i love you much(most beautiful darling)

by E. E. Cummings


i love you much(most beautiful darling)


more than anyone on the earth and i

like you better than everything in the sky


-sunlight and singing welcome your coming


although winter may be everywhere

with such a silence and such a darkness

noone can quite begin to guess


(except my life)the true time of year-


and if what calls itself a world should have

the luck to hear such singing(or glimpse such

sunlight as will leap higher than high

through gayer than gayest someone's heart at your each



nearness)everyone certainly would(my

most beautiful darling)believe in nothing but love

Analysis of “i love you much(most beautiful darling)”


E.E. Cummings is quite famous for his odd formatting (lack of capital letters, unconventional spelling, strange line breaks, excessive punctuation, etc.), but his out-of-the-ordinary usage of such common things like punctuation creates very deliberate emphasis on certain parts of his poems. In the beginning of this poem, one line stands alone, separated from both the title and the proceeding line, even though there really is nothing more than an end parentheses that would separate them in speech. This shows that the phrase “i love you much(most beautiful darling)” is extremely important in the interpreting of the poem. Placing the “(most beautiful darling)” in the line directly after the word much, without any kind of space, creates a subliminal messaging feel to the line, as if the speaker is trying to tell the person that this was intended for that they think they are fabulous without actually saying it with grand emphasis. The lines about “sunlight and singing…the true time of the year,” are kept separate from the rest of the lines by the hyphens placed at the beginning, and the placing shows the change of ideas and description of the poem, like the speaker is trying to promise something to the person that he’s writing to in the midst of telling them that he loves them. It also creates the feeling that the speaker is trying to explain how this person makes him feel. The lack of punctuation (aside from the use of the hyphens) creates a rushed feeling in the poem, as if the speaker just pulled this out of his head, breathlessly, so he couldn’t stop himself from telling the person that he loves them. It also creates a very smooth flow of words and ideas in the poem and makes meaning of absolutely unconditional love come out smoother.