1. i don’t think the poem is a confession of her extra marital affairs. that would be too literal an interpretation. it feels more like she is craving love, in the most general of senses, love as in affectionate attention and appreciation from unknown strangers because those who unconditionally loved her, especially her grandmother, are no more. love is used in a more general sense, rather than a sexual or even a romantic one. that also makes it a confessional poem, because she confesses to her yearning for love.

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