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Love in Three Days: Twelve Narrative Poems

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Title: Love in Three Days: Twelve Narrative Poems
Authors: Linmark, Rinehardt
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The aim of this thesis, Love In Three Days, is not to create from or amalgamate to the already existing controversial issues in our society today, but to depict these issues through twelve narrative poems. In these twelve narrative poems, the various personae -- a homosexual, a child, an alcoholic father, prostitutes, etc. -- give us a peek at their violent, and sometimes excruciating experiences with love, and how it has affected their ties with society, relationships, and themselves. Their narrations dramatize that love is not always 99.9% Ivory soap, and it is this notion of love that links these twelve narrative poems together. The futility of love is exemplified through the chronology of the poems -- from child to adolescent to adult. As love moves from one poem into the next, it does not become beautiful; instead, it becomes more grim, ugly, violent, and meaningless. In "A Portrait of A Poet, Small-kid Time," the persona, a poet, reflects on his childhood and explains how an annual state poetry contest has minimized his love for poetry to a "pig cap pen bleeding a hundred dollar poem." The next poem, "Election Day," deals with a love-hate relationship between an ex-alcoholic mother and the persona, her teen-age son. In "Love 1: The Last Supper," the violent relationship between the persona's parents ends when the mother walks out on her family. The fourth poem, "Love II: A Sestina" depicts the romanticized, unrequited love the persona, a young man, has for a girl and the turmoil it breathes.
Pages/Duration: 67 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31791
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