What is the theme of the poem "An Apology for Using the Word "Heart" in Too Many Poems"?

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No doubt a student has read a poem in which the word death or heart appears many times. It seems to the student that poets only write about either love or death as if those are the only two emtions that humans have. This poem is the author's response to that assumption. This poem professes to be an “apology,” which might mean either a defense or an explanation of why the poet should regret using the word “heart” too often, with the possible promise not to use the word again. Most of the poem draws the reader’s attention to a variety of interpretations of the meaning of “heart,” with the climax of these definitions being reached in lines 27–28: “the capacity to love in the fullest / Sense.”

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