First love is represented in different ways by different artists in their writings according to their own experiences. Different artists experience different things when they are growing up and their first loves are not always the opposite sex. Some felt the love from their parents was the most important, when they were young, others felt the love of their lovers was the most important. But no matter who the other person or persons were that influenced the artist as their first love, all of the artists' first loves were equally important. First loves are important to most artists, no matter how, when or who.
How first loves impacted the artists play a significant role in determining the lives of the artists and their topics of writing. In Robert Hayden's 'Those Winter Sundays,' Hayden writes about his father and the abandonment his family showed him even though he worked so hard to provide for them.
Hayden writes, '...cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday blaze. No one ever thanked him' (590). Most artists observe the fact that they did not know of their first loves and do not realize their
mistakes with their first loves until they are grown up and are writing about it. It probably provides them with a good topic to start writing about in the first place. The lack of realization seems to be a powerful motivator in the lives of these artists. All of the artists in the readings seem to have gone through a period of lack of realization before wising up to what their experiences with their first loves meant. They probably did not know that their first loves were their first loves until later in their lives. In the case of Robert Hayden and Theodore Roethke, it...