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Analysis and comments on This Then by Charles Bukowski

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Comment 2 of 40, added on November 16th, 2009 at 1:15 PM.
This Then

I see a loneliness and desperation in this poem. I think it says a little
of how our expectations of what love is can get in the way of our own
happiness,until we are rooting around willing to take the small comforts
that life allows us. All the while we are still ourselves, expecting,
pushing.

N. Smith from United States
Comment 1 of 40, added on March 7th, 2008 at 2:53 PM.

I think this poem is about loneliness, a certain isolation - developed
because this person does not
have a true love. It is about life wearing one down
to include diminished expectation. It is about someone who is willing to
settle for physical relief in the absence of love. I ask - is this person
a fatalist, a realist, or slightly jaded by the years? Charles Bukowski
wrote this, but could the poem refer to a man OR a woman? Both?

Warren Walton from United States

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Poet: Charles Bukowski
Poem: This Then
Added: May 22 2003
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