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Analysis of Modern Love by Douglas Dunn

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked What are the poet?s thoughts and feelings about love? In Modern Love, Dunn presents many ideas about the functioning of modern love, and they ways in which it differs from what he might perceive as traditional, or true love. He possibly discusses how modern love is superficial, and only a facade, as well as how modern love is interrupted by a variety of other commitments, but also how love is possibly the only escape from an otherwise dull and dreary life. Dunn initially talks about the superficiality of modern love by talking about how they are ?enjoying minutes of rented silence?. The fact that it is a ?rented silence? suggests that it is only temporary, showing how modern love is not permanent. ...read more.


Furthermore, Dunn discusses how modern love is often interrupted by other commitments, namely, the family. Dunn writes how the ?under-tens and invalids? are finally asleep. The reference to what can be assumed to be the elderly as ?invalids? is somewhat derogatory, and this could be used to showcase the resentment shown towards them, as they may be responsible for the failures of modern love. In addition, the fact that they can only procure ?minutes? of ?silence? from this, shows how much these other commitments intrude into their love, and the fact that they prefer to ?enjoy? the ?silence? shows how hectic their involvement with their family can be. The reference to the family as ?the upstairs people?, can possibly be used to suggest how this couple wants to distance themselves from the family, which can possibly suggest that the speaker yearns for a loving relationship, but this is not possible. ...read more.


which could possibly suggest that there is some real love being represented here, and that the whole poem is not necessarily a criticism of modern love. Alternatively, however, this structure could have potentially been used sarcastically. Dunn also writes how ?all other lives? are ?worn down to trees and sunlight? and how they ?look forward to a visit from the cat?, and this could be used to highlight how dull and uneventful their lives have become, and how ?modern love? is their only escape from this. Overall, although Dunn portrays Modern Love as somewhat of a facade, and superficial, as well as being constantly being interrupted by other commitments, he may also be trying to state how modern love is often the only solace couples have from their increasingly dull and dreary lives. ...read more.

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