Thursday, April 24, 2008

Favorite Poems

Today, I'm pulling from the 100 Things Blog Jar...

"Do you have a favorite poem?"

Actually I have two favorites! The first was made popular in the movie In Her Shoes, but I fell in love with the poem before then. It is by e.e. cummings.

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)

The second poem is by William Blake. I read it in college in World Literature with Rhonda Collier. (One of my favorite classes...)

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little Lamb, I'll tell thee,
Little Lamb, I'll tell thee.
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!


  1. I have such a love/hate feeling towards my favorite poems/songs that are made popular by a movie! Though I'm always glad to see them get the recognition they deserve--it stinks to forever after add the addendum: "but I loved it BEFORE the movie!"

    Example: I'll never forget the day one of my friends decided that she "really loved this one band from the Runaway Bride soundtrack"...the band?...U2. You've GOT to be kidding me.

    I love you and hope you're doing well over in Yichang!! I must say that I might forever steal Peach from you! Kidding--sort of!


    Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
    And give us not to think so far away
    As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
    All simply in the springing of the year.

    Oh, gives us pleasure in the orchard white,
    Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
    And make us happy in the happy bees,
    The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

    And make us happing in the darting bird
    Tha suddenly above the bees is heard,
    The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
    And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

    For this is love and nothing else is love,
    The which it is reversed for God above
    To sanctify to what far ends He will,
    But which it only needs that wee fulfill.

    -Robert Frost