Analysis of “My Girl”

The Poem “My Girl” is a story, or lyrical poem, told from the point of view of an outside speaker. The poem talks about the love a guy has for his girl. We assume the speaker is a boy and the girl he is referring to is his girlfriend.

In the first stanza, the speaker uses two metaphors. “I got sunshine on a cloudy day.” and “when it’s cold outside, I got the month of May.” In these metaphors, “sunshine” and “may” symbolize being happy an/or happiness, together with “cold” and “cloudy” representing all other things being sad. Therefore, the metaphors are comparing happiness to sadness, with the speaker’s girlfriend symbolizing happiness and everything else represents sadness.

The second stanza is the refrain utilized throughout the poem. The speaker puts a lot of emphasis on “my girl” signifying that he puts a lot of emphasis in his life on his girl, thus meaning that she is important to him.

In the third and fifth stanzas, the speaker expresses that he doesn’t need the material things that other people consider necessary for a happy life, because the only thing he needs to be happy is his girlfriend. We know this because the poem says, “I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame. I got all the riches baby, one man can claim.” This means that he doesn’t need any of what everyone else considers “riches” because the most important thing is his life is his girl. We also see that he has more happiness and “riches” than everyone else because he says “I got so much honey, the bees envy me.”

Bees have a lot of honey, in which case, for the bees to envy the speaker, he would have to have more than them. We also see the same metaphor used in the lines “I got a sweeter song, than the birds in the trees,” with the “song” symbolizing his girl and how he has more than the birds, who are notorious for having notably sweet songs.

In this poem, the speaker repeatedly accentuates his love for his girl and how she is the only thing he needs in life.

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