Poem analysis of the poem 'For those who read this'

The poem For those who read this is written by Leo Vroman. In the poem various form aspects and an underlying idea come to the fore.

For those who read this

I let you see printed letters here,
but I cannot speak with my warm mouth,
do not stick my hot hand out of this paper;
what can I do? I can not reach you.
Oh, if I could comfort, I could cry.
Come, put your hand on this paper; my skin;
soothes the strange with the pressure
from the written word, or pronounce it.
I have already written many verses,
Many have remained a stranger
and whom I loved I know nothing to give:
love is the only thing.
It has usually been love
who moved the pencil in my hand
until I leaned forward asleep
about the words that you read awake.
I would like to be under this page
and through the letters of this poem
look into your reading face
and crave the melting of Your pain.
Do not awaken these words in vain,
they cannot forgive their nakedness;
and do not let Your gaze touch their most intimate
unless You have been driven by love.
Then read this as a long-awaited letter,
and rest assured, and do not fear the thought
that you were kissed by these words:
I love you so much.


The aim of the writer is to seek rapprochement with the reader. The writer really wants to contact the reader, this is clear from the sentences what can I do? I can not reach you. And put your hand on this paper; my skin; and I would like to be under this page and look through the letters of this poem in Your reading face. There is a distance between the reader and the poet. The poet tries to reduce the distance. Often the poet does not succeed in his poems, it appears from: many have remained a stranger. In this poem the distance in the last verse is bridged, you can see this in the way the poet addresses the reader, not with you but with you. The reader and the closer are brought together like a kiss.
Why the poet wants to make contact through the paper is not entirely clear. I think he wants to be read, because as a poet you don't only write for yourself. Perhaps he also wants to convey a message that the poem is not just a poem but was written by someone. That there is more to it than just letters. That it is a story, a message from the poet to the reader.
I also think that there will only be contact between the poet and the reader when the poem moves the reader. Then the feelings of the poet come across to the reader. I think the poet wants to achieve that. The poet loves such a reader. He loves it, as he says himself.

Form aspects

In the last two stanzas you see a turn, in the stropes above the poet talks about what he wants, contact with the reader. In the last two verses he addresses the reader in the imperative mood, he focuses even more on the reader. He actually instructs the reader to do, leave, read, orphan and fear. If the reader has done this, the poet can say what he really wants to say I love you so much.
There are several personifications in the poem to find words not awakening in vain and these words were kissed. Words actually mean the poem, the awakening and kissing indicates the distance that is thus bridged. By awakening in vain, the poet also means that if you read the words, you should not do it for nothing, but really try to understand them.
There are also assonances in it; love and love, written and stayed.

Underlying meaning

I think the underlying idea of ​​this poem is what I just told you: the message that the poet wants to be read and understood by his readers. And that it only really works if the reader is driven by love.

Most distinctive sentence

I love you. This sentence makes the poem completely clear. The distance that the poet bridges, that the poet loves his readers, but also comes the feeling that the poet actually wrote a love letter, to the random reader who reads this who understands the poem, awakens the words in love.

Own opinion

I think this poem is beautiful. The way the poet tries to get in touch with the reader. He calls the paper his skin. The poem is the poet, the poet is the poem.

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