Who's Wrapped Around Who's Finger?

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Who is Wrapped Around Who's Finger? The poem "Wrapped Around Your Finger" by Sting is about young mans struggle to get the attention of an older woman who he is in love with. Sting thought this poem out very well and seemed to almost be that young man. He described the feelings and thoughts as the young man progressed through his infatuation with this woman.

The one phrase in which Sting repeated throughout this poem was I'll be wrapped around your finger. I think that this phrase described so much about this young man without saying it in so many words. I believe he was basically saying, here I am, I am waiting for you and I will always wait for you. The young man kept this feeling all the way up until the final stanza of the poem where Sting wrote; you'll be wrapped around my finger.

By this I believe he meant that she would soon come to love him but by the time she does it would be to late for the young man to care about her in the same way. Both of the phrases were very appropriate and effective in this poem.

Sting used a few very effective but subtle images in this poem that may be hard to understand. Sting wrote that the woman considered the young man a young apprentice. I think that this described him as learning from the hard time that he was having catching her and that he was learning from this and would continue to learn from her if he kept this infatuation. Another image used was, caught between the Scylla and Charibdes, another way of describing this is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The young man was stuck between a rock and a hard place because of his love for this woman but not knowing what he could do to get her. Another problem came into play as she was married which made it that much more difficult for the young man to get the girl. The ring on her finger was another image he used. This symbolized that the woman is married.

The tone of the poem seemed to be frustration. He seemed frustrated because the woman he was in love with wouldn't give him the time of day. He showed this until the last stanza where his mood changed. He seemed to be revengeful. The author changed to say she would be wrapped around his finger.

The author organized the poem in a-b rhyme scheme. This was very effectingve because it made the poem flow together and easier to read.