“I carry your heart” by E.E. Cummings is endearing, beautiful and romantic. Whereas Shakespeare highlighted romance through strict form and complicated metaphors, Cummings hits the same mark through loose form and simple metaphors. If you include the fifth line “I fear” in with the fourth line, this poem loosely resembles a sonnet with fourteen lines and an A/B/A/B slant rhyme scheme. It even ends in a couplet– which is an attribute of a Shakespearean sonnet.
This love poem says it all through an overload of affectionate possessive terms: my dear, my darling, my fate, my sweet, my world, my true! Then to bring it home, claims the secret of the universe is his love. A truly brilliant poem in E.E. Cummings’ traditional style– all lower case with no end punctuation.