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Response to [Love of you is mixed deep in my vitals]

Updated on October 4, 2013

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Please use this as an example only. I'm posting my personal reading responses because I've met so many people even in college that don't know how to write them. There are many different kinds of reading responses, this is one version.

Not sure if this is the origination but it is where I found it.
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Formalist response to Love of you is mixed deep in my vitals

In “[Love of you is mixed deep in my vitals]”, the speaker compares his love for his lover to other things in life. He compares his love to flour for bread, a sweet drug, and even the love a gardener has for his prized flower. He says that not being with his love is like being away from light or certain family members.

The narrator is shown as a person (I picture a male, but it could be a female) who is in love. We’ve all felt that pull on a heart string or absence in our hearts. For me, it is not hard to understand the comparisons the speaker has made to love. He is saying that love is the main ingredient in life: “like water stirred into flour for bread,” (Line 2). Flour is the main, and most important, ingredient in bread. Without flour, the bread would not exist. You would not even be able to form a doughy substance without flour. It would not be alive or even have a chance to grow. He is saying that love is needed in life for the same reasons that flour is needed in bread. People need a reagent, such as love, to live their lives and grow.

The speaker uses the image of growth more than once in this poem. Not only does he say that love can make life grow, but he also says that love itself can grow. Toward the end of the poem he mentions watching a flower bloom: “Like a gardener up with the sun/ burning to watch his prize bud open” (7-8). I believe he is alluding to the want of more than just enjoying his own love. Once happily with his own lover he might want to watch love bloom between others. This is an apt comparison to a gardener wanting to watch his flower bloom.

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