Living in the present is the first step a couple should make to pursue a healthy relationship. Worrying too much about the what ifs and possibilities of a break up should not become a burden to the relationship. In Kim Addonizio’s “First Poem for You”, the fear of breakups and sour relationships is shown throughout the poem (). Scholar Christopher Porre had a similar analysis: “During the fourteen lines of the poem the speaker fascinates her/himself with the tattoos of her/his lover, at times expanding on the specific imagery of the tattoos, at others meditating on the blue ink’s permanence in comparison with love’s tendency to “[turn] to pain” (Addonizio, The Philosopher’s Club Line 12)” (Porre 1). Addonizio uses imagery and symbolism to represent the pain that a relationship can bring as well as the fears of commitment in “First Poem for You”.
Imagery is used to describe the speaker’s partner’s tattoos to tell how tattoos reflect a person’s accomplishments and finding one’s self. The pain gone through to have a piece of art on a person’s body is a symbol of willpower and devotion. Relationships are similar to tattoos in that a person will go through so much pain, in order to have something beautiful in the end. There are people who choose not to get tattoos because they are afraid of permanent marks on their body. Addonizio shows the speaker is afraid of committing to her relationship as she runs her fingers along her partner’s tattoos in line 13, “Such permanence is terrifying” (Addonizio 13). This poem vividly describes the speaker admiring her partner’s tattoos; almost as if she is admiring her partners ability to commit to something so permanent, which is something she lacks.
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...about what she wants and the hardships she would go through in order to have a healthy relationship.
Although the poem was focused on love, it displayed the unspoken fears and confusion in relationships, unlike many other love poems. Every relationship will have moments of uncertainty, but that should not be a burden to pursuing a loving relationship. As the speaker does in this poem, even if you are uncertain, you should keep trying to trust your heart and not worry about the negative possibilities. Addonizio uses imagery and symbolism to represent the pain that a relationship can bring as well as the fears of commitment in “First Poem for You”. Couples should fight for what they want, if it is truly in their hearts; they should not complicate their love life. “First Poem for You” is a reminder to all couples: live in the present and enjoy your partner’s company.
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