2 There were never strawberries like the ones we had Contrast - speaker compares strawberries he ate on this occasion with those eaten before.Shows how unique/memorable the particular experience is to the speaker.There were never strawberrieslike the ones we hadthat sultry afternoonWord choice and pathetic fallacy - suggests heat and humidity. The weather represents passion/love of the encounter. Not only recreating atmosphere of the sunny day but also the vivid feelings of the occasion.Not only memorable for their taste but for the strong feelings and happy memories associated with them.
3 of the open french window facing each other your knees held in mine sitting on the stepof the open french windowfacing each otheryour knees held in mineImage of two people interlocked/completely attached – suggests intimacy of the couple.
4 the blue plates in our laps the strawberries glistening Word choice – “glistening” suggest shining/beautiful or even precious. Experience remembered so fondly as one of beauty and perfection.the blue plates in our lapsthe strawberries glisteningin the hot sunlightWord choice/pathetic fallacy – suggests passion and strong feelings.
5 we dipped them in sugar looking at each other not hurrying the feast Image – position of pair is intimate and open. Just as the poem as no constrictions of rhyme and punctuation, so too the loves are completely open and uninhibited.we dipped them in sugarlooking at each othernot hurrying the feastWord choice – suggests something wholly satisfying/delicious, Moment/feelings associated with experience: sense of passion.
6 laid on the stone together with the two forks crossed Image - speaker returns to the intimacy explored earlier with reference to “knees”. Crossed forks symbolise closeness of two lovers.for one to comethe empty plateslaid on the stone togetherwith the two forks crossedand I bend towards yousweet in that airImage - speaker may be referring to strawberries, himself or the lover. Sweetness may represent the intimacy of the couple as well as their affection.
7 in my arms abandoned like a child from your eager mouth Simile - comparison of lover to child suggests the tender way the speaker holds the lover. Carefree innocence and youth.Image of intimacy again.in my armsabandoned like a childfrom your eager mouthWord choice - willingness or desire – reference to “hot” and “sultry” – passionate encounter.
8 the taste of strawberries in my memory lean back again let me love you Sentence structure – instruction followed by a request fits nicely with intimacy suggested by “legs” and “forks”.the taste of strawberriesin my memorylean back againlet me love you
9 on the Kilpatrick hills let the storm wash the plates Word choice/pathetic fallacy - link to heat and intensity of the moment.let the sun beaton our forgetfulnessone hour of allthe heat intenseand summer lightingon the Kilpatrick hillslet the storm wash the platesSymbolism - a dramatic image reflects the fiery passion of the scene. Suggests electricity associated with such strong feelings.Symbolism - the storm represents powerful emotions explored throughout the poem and the theme of love.