e.e. cummings Valentine's Day Printable | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Thursday, January 30, 2014

e.e. cummings Valentine's Day Printable

You guys.

Tomorrow is the last day of January. And while it may not exactly mean an end to the winter doldrums and cold weather and tons of snow, it does mean Valentine's Day is very soon. And Valentine's Day is not only a day to celebrate those we love, it's a day to break up the dreariness of winter. (And I know not everyone agrees that winter is dreary, but to me it is.)(And the whole polar vortex thing has nearly done me in!)

Anyway, I have another printable to share with you.

In college, I sang John Duke's setting of "i carry your heart" by e.e. cummings. And I fell completely head over heels in love with this poem. It's just perfectly stated. Plus, with my strange obsession with parentheses, how could I not love it?

i carry your heart

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)

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

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

See? Perfect. Plus, Duke's setting to music makes it that much more amazing. YouTube it.

And enjoy the printable if you love it. Because, glitter!

i carry your heart with me Free Printable

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  1. Thanks! I fell in the with e.e. cummings in high school. I think it's directly related to his funky punctuation. Quick question: do you find that holiday decor clashes with your regular home decor? I have always avoided it because I'm afraid the colors will clash with the colors I already have in my home, but I'd like to do it more.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Lara, you are a star! :)