"The Heart of the Tree" is a poem dedicated to the readers. The poet avoids using second-person pronouns such as "you." But he just raises the same question in the first line of each verse, "What does he plant, who plants a tree?" and tries to answer it himself. So, the reader becomes the object of the act of planting trees.
Here are the first six lines of the poem:
What does he plant, who plants a tree? An answer for the heart's desire.
A place where love can grow. The roots of hope within me.
A token of remembrance lost and found. A gift that keeps on giving all around.
A seed planted in my mind. One day I will find you there.
These are some of the answers the poet comes up with: fruit, shade, beauty, water, oxygen, soil, and life. He believes that if someone else enjoys these things then they too will be happy.
But what about people who don't have anything to eat or drink? Or what about the trees themselves? Don't they want something more than happiness? Of course they do.
The poet is addressing the reader, which is you. He is saying that even though he is not talking directly to them, he still feels like he can address everyone else but them. This is because no one else is responsible for his feelings.
In addition, the reader is also being referred to as "you" when the poet says, "And now that you know how I feel about you, / You have the right to know how I feel about other people." Here, the reader is given the opportunity to understand the poet's state of mind by knowing how he feels about a particular person. This implies that the reader is that particular person who is being talked about.
Furthermore, the reader is also called "you" when the poet says, "You should blame yourself for my pain / Because if you didn't exist, then nothing would prevent me from feeling this way." In this case, the reader is being told that they should feel guilty because they are responsible for the poet's feelings. If they didn't exist, then the poet would be able to deal with their absence easily enough without feeling bad things about them.
ADDRESSEE The person who receives the poem's message The poem's addressee is the person with whom the speaker is in love. Sometimes this person is named, as in Shakespeare's sonnets. In other cases, no name is given and the listener is left to speculate on who the speaker is talking about.
In "The Nightingale", the poet speaks of sending his song to "any lady bright". Since he does not know her name, she becomes the addressee of his message.
Many poems are written to inspire love in their readers. These poems are called "love poems" or "amatory poems". Amatory poems usually include pictures of lovers separated by space or time. The language used in these poems tends to be formal - the writer wants to impress upon his reader how special he or she is. Love poems, on the other hand, can be written by people of all ages and levels of education for those they love. They can be simple or complex, sincere or sarcastic - the only rule is that they must make someone feel loved.
Love poems are often accompanied by visual images which help shape the mood of the poem.
The location of the author and the speaker is a basic but significant idea, especially in poetry. I'll summarize: the author is the person who authored the work, and the speaker is the narrator, or the one who tells the tale to the audience. In general, poems are about some incident or series of incidents which have a beginning, a middle, and an end. The poet may play a role in describing the incident (e.g., as a character in a novel), or he may simply report it (as with news reports). Sometimes poets take on both roles; for example, William Shakespeare often plays characters in his own works who tell their stories to audiences.
In terms of language use, the author tends to be more formal than the speaker, since he or she is not familiar with the audience and so needs to write in a manner that will be understood by those outside of a small group. For example, if you were to read the author's biography at the start of a book of poems, the writer would most likely be described as "great" or "famous" people would say that he or she has "style" or "grace". They would also probably mention any awards or recognition the writer has received, such as Nobel prizes or Pulitzer prizes.