Love can be defined in many different words. It can be used as a noun, a verb, and sometimes even an adjective. One of the many definitions of love states, "a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. The Wedding Story by Julianna Homokay and I Do Not Love.. by Pablo Neruda both express the use of love in unconventional ways. While The Wedding Story expresses a fictional kind of love, I Do Not Love.. is more of a realistic expression and they both reserve readers to the edge of their seat until the end is read.
The Wedding Story starts off with a visualization. "Setting: A land where the grass is always green, the sun is always shining, and fences are always white picket." Readers should be visualizing a fairytale
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Storyteller?" At this point, the readers delusional dream that is playing the perfect scene crumbles. The reader is spared from the artificial happiness that the storyteller tried to portray. The Bride and Groom politely inform him that instead of meeting in high school, they actually met in a bar. "The blessings of their compatible families," was a complete misconception also. Their story quickly turns into a Jerry Springer episode, and readers learn that the bride and groom met in a bar and were hitched the next day because the bride wanted a legit reasoning for the sex. Because this story is so real and is made during modern day times, it teaches readers that the fantasizing world of love and fairytales is nothing but that. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You, is the kind of poem that most mushy-gushy, love struck kind of people would want read at their wedding. On the contrary of fantasy love that The Wedding Story portrays, I Do Not Love.. is a more realistic story that is said from the heart of the writer. The narrator begins his poem stating in lines 1-5, “I do not love you- except because I love you; and from loving you to not loving you, from waiting to not waiting for you my heart moves from cold into the fire." Pablo Neruda makes it obvious that the poem is very controversial. The poet seems to be baffled between loving and hating someone. In lines 4 and 5, the poet characterizes the feelings in a very intense way.