I only know one line of a poem and I am trying to find the whole work. It might be from Yeats but I am not sure on that... any help would be welcome.
The line is...
nobody not even the rain has such small hands
It is from e. e. cummings's Somewhere I Have Never Traveled Gladly Beyond:
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands
I am looking for the complete words to: Splendor In the Grass. Is this a poem in an of itself or a passage from some other work.
I would appreciate any help you may give me in finding the words.
Thank you very much.
Babi, it's from William Wordsworth's Intimations on Immortality. It has been discussed here many times. Most recently here:
RE: "nobody not even the rain has such small hands"
In the movie HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Elliot (Michael Caine) buys a book of e e cummings poems for Lee (Barbara Hershey) and tells her that this particular poem reminds him of her.
Some friends of mine did not have songs sung at their wedding, but had poems read instead. This was one of them. Isn't that lovely!