Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rita Dove: Heart

It's neither red
nor sweet.              
It doesn't melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can't feel

It doesn't have
a tip to spin on,
it isn't even
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want
but I can't open it:
there's no key.
I can't wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it's all yours, now—
but you'll have
to take me,


When reading this poem I instantly understood what it was about. Dove is simply telling us that the heart is just a "lopsided mute" that is perfect in a complex way. She then sums it up by saying if I give you my heart you have accept all of me (flaws and all). 
     In the first stanza, she begin to tell us that our heart is just an organ nothing more and nothing less. She showed us this by using phrases or symbolic matters that we use associated with our hearts, " it doesn't melt"( you make my heart melt), "it's neither red nor sweet" ( this relating to images of the heart and valentine's day). She then goes on to the tell abut the heart in literal terms, by stating that the heart is just a "lopsided muscle mute." Now this is when the poem shifts, she uses personification by saying the heart is caged in saying "I want it, I want it." She then uses another analogy and finally concludes her poem. 
This poem is classified as a free verse like most of her works. In my opinion this poem was something i could relate to.

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