Leaving The Motel Snodgrass Analysis

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“Just because we don’t say certain things, doesn’t mean we don’t feel them”. This quote is especially relevant to the love affair that takes place in W. D. Snodgrass’s poem “Leaving the Motel”. The poem entails of the requirements that two surreptitious lovers must carry out after their secret rendezvous to sure that their relations stay hidden. As the narrator of the poem methodically runs through their responsibilities like a checklist, they establish a detached and matter-of-fact tone, which makes this encounter seem more like a business transaction. However, as the lovers prepare to part ways, the narrator reveals their underlying feelings of affection that cannot be suppressed. Through Snodgrass’s exertion of straightforward diction, …show more content…
Throughout the entire piece, Snodgrass employs an ABAB, CDCD… rhyme pattern. Such structured verses establish a systematic rhyme to which reflects the formality of lovers’ relationship as they must follow an organized method to ensure that their tracks stay covered. The narrator also addresses the other party by using a checklist like structure with the directional term “check”. With this listing organization of the poem, it allows for the narrator maintain their precise and meticulous tone throughout their discourse. Snodgrass also employs enjambment, which is the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of stanza, and such a strategy creates a faster paced rhythm for a poem as it pulls the reader to have to read from one line to the next. This quick rhythm mirrors the short connection that the main characters had experienced but such a connection still evoked the narrator to desire more from the relationship much like the way that the enjambed line draws the readers further into the storyline. Through the utilization of rhyme construction, organization of the content, and enjambment, the poem is pragmatically organized similar to methodically tone that the narrator establishes to depict of the relationship’s strict

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