Our love now

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jeetender                Page         4/26/2007


Our love now is a modern poem written by Martyn Lowery. The poem is a argument between two lovers. It is written in alternative statements, giving the mans point of view first and the woman’s second. The man in the relationship believes that whatever that has happened can be mended or it will fade, but the woman thinks that it has ruined their whole relationship and cannot be swayed.

            The poem shows different attitudes towards something that has happened between two partners. They disagree about the effect of something that has damaged their relationship. In the first stanza he compares the rift in their relationship to an injury. The use of the noun implies that something painful has occurred. The use of alliteration ‘skin slowly’, give the impression that they will need time and patience. On the opposite side of the page we have the woman’s honest and practical viewpoint. She believes that the relationship is permanently damages. On the surface it may appear all right but underneath there will always be pain and resentment ‘there is always a scar, a permanent reminder’ she believes that one never truly recovers. The feelings of love have changed.

            Once again the poet has used an extended metaphor in the following stanza ‘observe the scab of the scald’. The use of alliteration, the repetition of the ‘s’ sound suggests that angry words have left them scared. He believes that they can bury the past, start again, hurt will be forgotten. She disagrees, she feels that resentment will remain; one can forgive, but never forget.   

            In the next stanza he states that they are incomplete without each other. ‘When you cut you hair, you feel different, and somehow incomplete’. His life is empty without her and they should be reunited and enjoy the fulfilling relationship they had experienced. She disagrees and insists although she cut her hair by the time it grows again it will have changed ‘During that time changes must occur, the style will be different’.

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            He finally compares the relationship to a raging storm. Here he uses nature imagery. Once the storm is over there is peace and tranquility this suggests even after all their quarrels there can be reconciliation ‘the storm is frightening, but it will son be gone’ everything passes, memories fade ‘the breech in us can be mended’.

            She echoes his use of nature imagery but feels that the relationship is permanently damaged she has a heart ‘that can never be repaired’ their love is dead.

            The poem almost sounds like an argument or a debate of different points ...

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