Literary Analysis Essay

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Literary Analysis Essay Parallel Paths by Kevin Clark

We would like to believe that love brings us together, but this is not always the case as Kevin Clark implies in the first two lines of “Parallel Paths” when he states “Today you’re lucky, in love with your wife for the first time in weeks”. We lead very hectic lives and in the mist of all the commotion we tend to forget to pencil in time for our loved ones, the people we are supposed to keep near and dear. The poem “Parallel Paths” by Kevin Clark is about a marriage that is strained. In this poem Kevin Clark uses several metaphors that reflect on the importance of maintaining a marriage by devoting time and effort. The metaphors that will be discussed in this essay
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This task is hard but if two people are truly committed to their marriage and each other they will find a way to make it work. A marriage is a partnership and should not be looked at any other way. In a partnership the parties involved communicate with one another, communication is the most important thing in a marriage. Without communication, the right hand does not know what the left hand is feeling, thinking, etc. You have to communicate your thoughts and feelings to your partner so that you both can be on the same page. With communication you can work through all things, you just have to be willing to invest a lot of hard work to manage the time restraints so that you can make your partner feel special and still feel like they matter in your life. A little time goes a long way and if you devote just a little bit of time to each other everyday it will make a difference and bring you closer to one another. Clark makes a startling revelation in lines 33-40 of “Parallel Paths”. The stanzas read as follows: When you look up, your wife’s vanished, But really she’s there, of course, off the path, among the ancient waist-high grasses, holding out to you a single mutable wildflower burning in its own ochre light. From here to that flower exist no guarantees. Best to get on with it. This is a startling

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