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MibuWolf here for a rather simplistic review. I don't believe in assessing poetry as I might other writing, but here I go.

Today, I'm taking a look at Together by Fruipit, which is a poem about two brothers...


Looking at the structure of this poem, it has pretty clear alterations between short, fragmented sentences and longer sentences. There is no apparent rhyming scheme, nor pattern to the alterations between sentence lengths. For the most part, Together is the epitome of a free-form poem: I can literally see no apparent typical structure nor pattern to the structure of the poem, thus it just kind of flows as I'm sure the author's mind flowed while he was writing it. Yada yada things you'd discuss in an English class when analyzing structure.

Word Choice

The word choice is incredibly simplistic, which I feel drives straight home the point of the poem. It is not trying to be incredibly elaborate, it's just trying to express the feelings of these two boys. You wouldn't hear them using long, complicated words to describe their feelings, so why should the author? Sometimes people get too caught up trying to express themselves in words that they've only looked up in the thesaurus and aren't too familiar of themselves for the sake of sounding fancy, and fail to realize that often times simple words like "happiness" can mean more than "jubilance". Fruipit doesn't let his writing get bogged down, and I admire that.


Now for the bulk of what I wanted to say, which is mean looking at the meaning. I trust you to interpret this for yourself, however I just want to take a moment to analyze the underlying tones for the sake of getting you interested in reading.

Firstly, on the surface it is clearly about Mako and Bolin and the deaths of their parents. There's even a picture of them to emphasize this point. In a literal meaning, it talks about how the two brothers got to become close, and how throughout all the hardships of their life they have always had each other. This is certainly a sweet message, driving home the point that no matter what may happen, you don't have to be alone. One could look deeper into this and analyze this in comparison to the author's mentality--like whether he's had similar experiences, a sibling he is or was close to, et cetera, et cetera.

But I found something even more interesting about this poem. As anyone who knows me well will know, I'm a pessimist. I get caught up in the sad words, so when I looked at this poem, I saw all the small words, and decided to focus in on the word "cold". It is used a few times in the literal concept, however I'm a particular fan of the word "cold". It's only four letters, but it can mean so much. It can mean literally cold, as in how I feel right now with it being 46 degrees Fahrenheit outside. But it can also mean "cold" as in someone who isn't really nice, like if someone is "cold" to another person. Then finally the definition I prefer, which has the implication of being kind of alone, like you're cold because there's no one else around to warm you up, I guess.

"Warm inside, cold outside" (Fruipit 11)

This line pretty well summarizes my analysis of this poem. Everything about the world is cold: people have been telling you since you've hit adolescence or even before that life is not fair, and things around you have constantly driven this into your mind since you were even a child. The world is a cruel place, full of cruel, cold people. With all these horrible people around, Mako and Bolin's parents died. But Mako's father gave him a warm scarf. And it is warm when they are with their parents inside. Then his father is cold without the scarf: "He remembers the scarf--father must be cold" (Fruipit 24). This is just before their parents die, and I think of cold as in a corpse. Not only cold as in distant now, but cold as in literally no blood flow. Then, in the end, the two brothers hug each other, something people usually associate with warms.

The contrast between temperatures I thought was the most interesting, and moving, aspect of the poem. Subtle, yet powerful.

Overall Opinion

It's worth reading--it's just a poem, and so it's not too long so one may as well :)

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