18th March 2022

Wedding readings About Devotion: E.E. Cummings

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Welcome back to our Sunday segment where we source and share some of our favourite texts perfect for weddings. This week we are focusing on wedding readings about devotion. We try and include a variety of ideas so that there is a reading suggestion for every kind of speech at every kind of wedding!

However, if you are looking for a reading suggestion for a specific event, please feel free to leave us a comment. We would love to help you source one.


The Reading

This week’s reading is a poem by E.E. Cummings. Cummings is known for his distinctive style of poetry that uses words sparingly. He experimented with both language and grammar, creating poems that were distinctly personal.

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] – 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)

Why We love It

This is one of our favourite wedding readings about devotion because it is deeply personal and romantic, whilst also feeling somehow universal. It tackles the complex nature of love and the ways in which being in love can entangle people. Cummings utilises imagery of the natural world to ground his description of devotion. This poem is perfect to read at any wedding.

If you like this reading, keep your eyes peeled next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out. We will share more wedding readings about devotion as well as texts about joy, children, religion, and more.