i like my body when it is with your

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite a new 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 fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh . . . . And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you quite so new

Analysis, meaning and summary of e.e. cummings's poem i like my body when it is with your


  1. belinda says:

    one of my favourite, sexy, sensual, arousing poem of all time! i always send it to potential guys and see how they react to it cos that’s how I feel !

  2. laceyinsunshine says:

    ooooh! how scandalous is that last line…and yet at the same time its comforting to know he was human

  3. Shaluu Bhucchar says:

    So raw, so naked, so true…

  4. Hande Abanoz says:

    This poem is so real , fantastic. I really like reading it.

  5. tanya says:

    The poem isnt beautiful or romantic. its sexy.

  6. Tim says:

    It made the cut in John Irving’s latest novel at an interesting point- I came looking for this poem. Fascinating.

  7. joanne says:

    it’s just a beautiful poem, gets me every time.

  8. jeanne says:

    I very much like this poem. But to Wayne: I’m female and I’m going to pass this on to my lover. He can be under me and it won’t be the traditional missionary position. Poetry is for everyone, yes?

  9. AA says:

    this poem is quite brilliant…the words used portray the deepest of love and affection and im glad my girl friend read excerpts from it

  10. Nancie says:

    Mark Thompson, what do you mean? (Unless this was changed after your comment?) The poem here reads as it does in “Complete Pomes 1913-1962.”

    This is one of my all time favorite poems. Beautiful! Very erotic and romantic.

  11. shiloh says:

    now this is that which eyes wide,
    tingled skin, side to side
    calls the smooth, lips & grin to
    call back to her first again.

  12. mark thompson says:

    check the word order in the second and last lines, the cummings’ original is DIFFERENT! Please change.

  13. Emma says:

    This poem is rife with imagery. The way that cummings attempts to put his feelings of love and lust into simple words (“Muscles better and nerves more”) is so candid and loving–I absolutely love e.e.cummings.

  14. Ashley says:

    This poem is absolutely beautiful and romantic. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves poetry.

  15. Wayne says:

    This is a beautiful poem and perhaps a little outdated in that E.E. Cummings makes love to his wife in the missionary position…:)

  16. j. tinnean says:

    This is probably one of, if not, the best love poems I’ve ever read. cummings has such an astounding vocabulary and such delicate phrasing, absolutely beautiful.

  17. polaris says:

    this poem is one of my favorites… it’s beautiful and sexual all at the same time… erotic and playful and still almost thoughtful… cummings way of writing leaves me breathless, again.

  18. Hilary says:

    it’s not almost very sexual …. it is very sexual

  19. meaghan says:

    a very beautiful poem. very romantic… very sexual almost

  20. sumita says:

    highly romantic poem…

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