Further information: Dylan started writing this poem just after marrying Caitlin Macnamara. Earlier titles of the poem were: ‘Poem to Caitlin’ and ‘Poem for Caitlin’. In a letter
to a fan, Dylan described the poem as follows.
‘The poem is, in the first place, supposed to be a document, or narrative, of all emotional events between the coming and going, the creation and dissipation, of jealousy, jealousy born by pride, killed by pride, between the absence and the return of the crucial character (or heroine) of the narrative, between the war of her absence and the armistice of her presence.’