I Like My Body When It Is With Your – E. E. Cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body.  i like what it does,
i like its hows.  i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

The poem “I Like My Body When It Is With Your” was written by Edward Estlin Cummings in the 1900s. This poem is a fourteen line sonnet. A sonnet is a lyric poem that consists of 14 lines which usually have one or more conventional rhyme schemes. This poem is a first person poem with Cummings being the speaker and speaking to a woman. We can confidently identify the person to whom Cummings is speaking because of the sexual references he makes in the poem. For example, on lines ten, eleven, and twelve, Cummings talks about rubbing his penis on his partner’s pubic hair and also talks about placing his penis in the vagina of the woman. When Cummings wrote this poem he put the first twelve lines in a rigid and strict structure so that at the end of the poem, once excitement was built up, he spaced out the last two lines to symbolize ejaculation. 

          On the most basic level, this poem is a very passionate description of love making. This poem contains two main central themes. It expresses a large amount of romantic love and a slight amount of realism. But remember, romanticism and romantic love are two completely different things. Thus, it is very simple to see romantic love in the poem. As stated earlier, Cummings talks about sexual intercourse with his partner. Realistically, this poem contains very simple and basic vocabulary and dialogue. For example, Cummings states “again and again and again.” This is obviously improper grammar in the English language but realistically, this might often be how a normal human being gets his idea across. Cummings uses this repetition to get his idea across and employs a lot more repetition throughout the poem to express his ideas and feelings. For example, in the poem it states “I like” many times to express what he truly loves.

Besides the passionate description of love making, this poem glorifies the human body by describing two human bodies together being intertwined. We see this in almost every line of the poem. For example, directly in the title it states, “I Like My Body When It Is With Your.” Even in the title it shows this idea of human bodies being together. This idea shows the romantic love in the poem.

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