Everything Matters In I Am Very Bothered By Simon Armitage

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Everything Matters in “I am Very Bothered” by Simon Armitage The poem “I am Very Bothered” by Simon Armitage communicates the situation and the narrator’s reaction to it through the content and the form of the poem, as they interconnect with each other. The poem is written to appear like a sonnet; although it does not have all of the aspects that a sonnet has, it does contain 14 lines. The style of writing in this poem suggests that it is a love poem. However, Armitage seems to have broken all the unwritten rules of a love poem since a regular sonnet includes a rhyming scheme with rhyming couplets, but he includes rhymes in unexpected places such as internal rhymes and half rhymes. Perhaps this means that this is not what is usually…show more content…
The poet tends to use informal diction throughout the poem which demonstrates how the speaker seems to still be in that childish stage and is not admitting to his mistake. He refers to his “butterfingered way…of asking [her if she would marry him]”, and the word choice shows that he is reminiscing and inserting himself in that situation again. The word “butterfingered” is not only childish, but butter is used to soothe pain from burns, so it connects with the incident he described. The poet informs the readers that love is difficult to express, and this is perceptible because the poet has an irrational way of expressing his emotions to the girl he loves. He uses specific words that have buried meanings in them. For example, in the second stanza, when he says “branded skin…two burning rings”; the rings of the scissors are used to symbolize eternity, meaning never-ending. He knew what the scissors would do, and wanted to mark his territory and that way she would always remember him. Also he says “in the naked lilac flame”; where the flame is used as a metaphor for love, and is part of an internal rhyme. In this stanza he uses the words flame and name, which goes along with the irregular rhyme scheme that happens throughout the poem. In the last stanza, the speaker states “Don’t believe me, please if I say/ that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen, of asking you if you would marry me.” This part of the poem would elicit skeptical emotions from the reader, as they would not know whether to believe if the speaker is legitimately remorseful. The poet also uses alliteration in that stanza when he says “marry me”, and from its demeanour, it evokes forgiveness from the reader because he wants to let the reader know that he was immature in expressing his love. The alliteration provides

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