Love in Literary Terms

A play on a common list of English literary terms. (I managed to use 55!)

There is evidence,

if you look hard enough,

if you ask;

anecdotal evidence

and statistical evidence

and expert testimony,

from a first person point of view-

the melodrama,

the epics-

it’s all there if you look for it.

The tragedies

and catastrophes

and clichés

and conflicts,

internal or external;

there is an obvious exposition that unfolds,

not just in parody,

or for comic relief,

but in the biographies,


and  asides,

in the soliloquys and the sonnets.

The speakers wish to share

more than just stereotypes-

their surprise endings,

their stories within stories filled with suspense,


 above all,

in literal language,

they wish to uncover the myths and fables

surrounding the cause and effect

of love.

Each flashback,

each farce,

each frame story

and fantasy-

each idiom they strove for

and hyperbole

they thought might be an understatement-

everyone who was wrong

raises their voices

in a chorus

of epiphanies and epilogues,

elegies and epigrams

and epitaphs

for forgotten dreams.

And it’s more than foreshadowing

when they present their narration;

it’s more than a rhetorical question

when they ask

for more than a parody of love.

And it’s more than pathos

when you listen

and give them more than a proverb,

or a paradox,

but a prologue

to a purpose

that might,

for once,

get them somewhere other

than the same old setting

of sarcastic satires

and symbolic stereotypes

of love

in literary terms.

The End

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