"After Love" by Susan Ludwigsen and a short intro to metaphors
"After Love" by Susan Ludwigsen and a short intro to metaphors ENG 150
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“After Love” and Metaphors ENG 150-05 2-5-16 What is a metaphor, what metaphors are in “After Love” by Susan Ludwigsen? Metaphor – a comparison between two objects Often between in abstract and one concrete object Taking something that can’t be quantified and making it concert After love by Susan Ludwigsen (Link) First symbol, the moth. Moths as an object are annoying, pestering, attracted to light, eats away at stuff, ugly, fragile. How does this relate to her love? Something constantly bothering her Annoyance All rational has left Blinded by it Why does the word “waiting” emphasized / important? She might not be happy with her current love Love feels good but can have doubt associated with it. She sighs in the first stanza, Shows that she is either happy or sad. She talks about a translucence It’s see-through, but not clearly We can kind of see what she wants She feels confused Her escape It could refer to her dreams She wants to run away, she feels trapped There’s a sense of urgency She didn’t want to leave the relationship Why might she not want to come back into the relationship? Reason starts to come into play and you can see the person’s flaws and she doesn’t want to deal with that. “After Love” and Metaphors ENG 150-05 2-5-16 How does the second stanza show that the reason has come back? She adds the word “quiet”, meaning that her reasoning is slipping back in slowly She doesn’t want to see or hear the reasoning “Powdered, and intact” Reasoning is back where it’s so posted to be There’s no trouble, no fights, but it feels different She is now realizes the flaws in her SO and realizes it won’t work So with all that, is there hope or optimism? Yes there is. Look at the title “after love” It’s a reflection on how things haven’t changed She’s no longer in love It’s more a reflection on what happened Overall the author uses a moth to express her feeling about the relationship that she is in. She wants to make it work, but realizes that it just isn’t going to happen.
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