love is a place

by e. e. cummings


Original Language English

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

-- from E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962, by e. e. cummings

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

A little love and yes for us all today, from the quirky master of word dance e. e. cummings.

You know, e. e. cummings is among the most visited poets on the Poetry Chaikhana website. Even high school students forced against their will to read poetry for class are instantly drawn into his surreal phrase constructions, which often manage to say so much more than the most elegantly crafted lines of other poets.

I know you're smiling after having read this short poem. Try reading it again, this time more slowly, letting the meaning peak out from behind the words.

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places


Love is a realm, and all places exist in love. They don't just exist in love, they move through love, they are animated and given life by this all-encompassing love. It's not only that everything is found there and moves there, but everything moves "with brightness of peace," as if all things are ennobled and move with a remembered inner clarity and sense of self.

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds


That phrase about how all worlds live "skillfully curled" in yes -- one of my favorites!

Notice too the interesting line breaks in this poem, especially the two pairings of "love move" and "yes live". Unconsciously we read them as complete statements, suggesting to us that love is somehow about movement and that yes and life are one. Think about that for a bit...

Sending love and yes to you all!



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love is a place