Leaving The Motel By Snodgrass Analysis

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Alex Sosa
Professor Leonard
F 1:00 ENC 1102
4 November 2016
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?Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always perseveres? (English Standard Version, Cor. 13:4-8). This is the way we depict love, the true love that people aspire to maintain. What is described is called ideal love and in most circumstances, especially in today?s world, it is not as pure as we hope. Some would argue that love is simple or that one can only love a single person throughout life; that there is only room in the heart for a single person a lifetime.
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Snodgrass depicts two people at a motel after a clandestine sexual encounter. He drives home the point that this affair must be kept secret by creating a mesh of story, emotions and actions while one of the two lovers is creating a sort of checklist. ?Check: is the second bed unrumpled, as agreed? Don 't take the matches, the wrong keyrings. Check: take nothing of one another 's, and leave behind your license number only, which they won 't care to trace?(Snodgrass 795). The checklist they make during the poem sets a methodical and cautious tone that gives the reader reason to be tense or uncertain. Scattered throughout the poem are some traces of warmth and affection between them, however they are eclipsed by the methodical and practiced routine the two of them go through before returning to their spouses. The poem is unlike most love poems in this respect because of the businesslike and systematic attitude that is shown. Most love poems involve one person professing their love for the other and counting the many ways that they love them. However, this type of love is different; it is entangled in a complicated and extramarital affair where the people involved are set up to be hurt. But no matter the price, these two people make sacrifices to be

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