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. nober says:

    make me think of my honey

  2. ruprasik says:

    this poem is secret for husband and wife letus share it
    im going to marry soon so iwill feel it may be after some days than iwill write more about this poem.

  3. Nina says:

    A friend from UK introduce me to EECummings…
    Thanks to him and thanks to Google…
    EECummings catch with a spontaneous and simple way
    the sensuality of a human couple…pure emotions with
    a high level of erotism…

  4. amber says:

    this poem has resonated with me for 20 years. the sheer simplicity is breathtaking. it is both raw and eloquent: a sublime and evocotive combination.

  5. Ch says:

    His words are so powerful, you really can feel them, it is more of a very satisfying feeling, and that is what fascinates me.

  6. Francesca says:

    this poem is absolutely beautiful, the imagery is dead-on. romantic and sensual and everybody feels like this, somehow at some point in their lives. but this is an amazing way to express that feeling.

  7. Siwan says:

    I read this poem for the first time yesterday and immediately fell in love with it. The images it gave were immotive to say the least. Because of reading this one poem I had to find more poems by him.

  8. Triplane says:

    I’m an actor and memorize poems for recitation. I was with a very special someone awhile ago.. and as we were together, I slowly recited this poem and, of course, demonstrated. It was an amazing experience. This is much more than a literary work….. But you knew that.

  9. TASHA says:

    i really like this poem it has such a strong meaning to it and when you read it well i know i can get a picture in my head and thats what i like about poems froma scale form 1 to 10 i will give this poem a 9 1/2

  10. Kat says:

    ~”… the trembling-firm-smoothness and which i will again and again and again kiss,…”~
    What can i say, except yes please….

  11. Dannica says:

    this is my favorite poem by e.e. cummings i have it posted up all over my walls in my room! it is so passionate and makes your body shiver when you read it!

  12. Amy says:

    my absolute favorite cummings poem. it sooooo sums up the first time with a new lover. i already have one of his sketches tattooed on my calf and may get this poem inked on as well. i have thought of this poem when i’ve been with certain lovers and would love to have one think of it when with me.

  13. bathsheba says:

    This sums up how i feel about the man in my life; he surprised me by knowing it too. This is the most sensual, loving poem ever to have been written; nothing to beat it in its imagery. Subtle it is not and is all the better for it.

  14. lily says:

    makes me want to ravish the first person I see…

  15. WHAFRACHT says:


  16. ryan says:

    this is truly one of the most amazing poems i have ever read. so sexy and beautiful and sensual.

    i love it so much.

  17. Darinka says:

    it is being in love/lust/life…sensuous passion for things physical, while engulfed within soul.
    a brilliant heart, this poet had/has… he inspires me,

  18. terryterry says:

    Sent to my late husband while he was on active duty in the army, this poem still rocks my soul after 40 years! The lacy copy sent to him was found in his personal belongings years after sending it to him when we were oh, so young…………….

  19. Donna says:

    it makes me feel as though i have been marvellously ravished

  20. 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 !

  21. laceyinsunshine says:

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

  22. Shaluu Bhucchar says:

    So raw, so naked, so true…

  23. Hande Abanoz says:

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

  24. tanya says:

    The poem isnt beautiful or romantic. its sexy.

  25. Tim says:

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

  26. joanne says:

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

  27. 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?

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. mark thompson says:

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

  32. 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.

  33. Ashley says:

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

  34. 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…:)

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. Hilary says:

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

  38. meaghan says:

    a very beautiful poem. very romantic… very sexual almost

  39. sumita says:

    highly romantic poem…

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