This Can Happen When You Re Married By Robert Bly Analysis

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Marriage and committed relationships are a beautiful and beneficial part of someone’s life when they are older. This Can Happen When You’re Married by Karen Chase and Seeing You Carry The Plants In by Robert Bly are two different poems that execute the relationships of couples and the different ways and fashions that they show that they love each other. Both poems demonstrate the unconditional expression of love of their significant others’ personality and identity as well as the admiration of their partner’s beauty. This Can Happen When You’re Married demonstrates these aspects of love relationships in a more positive and healthy way than Seeing You Carry The Plants in which is why it is a more beneficial read to people who are hopeless about …show more content…
I come back like the stars, sometimes out of clouds.” These two poems do of course show unconditional love, however the reader will benefit more from reading This Can Happen When You’re Married because of the reliable and eternal commitment of true love that the poem demonstrates rather than the unreliable love that is shown in Seeing You Carry The Plants In. Also, there is a …show more content…
In This Can Happen When You’re Married, the husband of the wife appreciates and admires her with physical gestures to show that he cares about her and appreciates her body in this line: “He touches your face. He touches your chin and lips. Later, he tells you this.” (Chase, 88) In Seeing You Carry The Plants In, there is an admiration shown by the author speaking to his significant other shown in this line: “Your voice is water open beneath stars, collected from abundant rain, gone to low places.” (Bly, 41) While this line is obviously showing admiration towards their significant other, it is done so from afar and not physically or verbally demonstrated to their partner, while This Can Happen When You’re Married does exactly this. In This Can Happen When You’re Married, there is also a reciprocal admiration being shown, as when the wife admires her husband shown in this line: “He gets up, walks to the other room. You listen for his step, his breath.” (Chase, 88) This is more beneficial to the reader because it represents the reciprocity that relationships are supposed to and do have, while Seeing You Carry The Plants In does not show reciprocal admiration and even can make the reader feel negative because of the lack of reciprocity shown

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