Leaving the Motel

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W.D. Snodgrass’s poem “Leaving the Motel” is about two people and what they must do to keep their rendezvous a secret. The poem is not about love affection but rather the couple’s secrecy. The characters in the poem are worried about getting caught and they do everything to keep it a secret. The poem represents many things that happen today. People will go above and beyond to hide that they are cheating on their spouse(s) and keep them from finding out. The poem focuses on the process by which a cheating couple hides their relationship. Throughout the poem the guy is nervous about the meeting and does not want to leave.........He mentions that the “kids holler” (Line 1) as though the noise would bring unwanted attention to them. He also says “don’t take the matches, the wrong key rings …” (Line 10). ........unrumpled, as agreed?” (Line 5, 6) he asks that question because ...........ike they slept in separate beds in case anyone ever found out. He also wants to make sure that nothing could later be found by his spouse and which would then lead to their secret relationship being exposed. Nothing is left behind except the flowers in the vase. The two lovers put an aspirin to preserve the lilacs flowers they picked. Only here do we see a glimmer of affection. Th.......................................................................................................................................l there in the room. During the poem we know little about the characters. We don’t know their names or even how they met. The only thing we know is that they are in a motel room sneaking around. I believe that this is done purposely because the least we know about their personal lives it’s easier to see it happening with people we know and seem more realistic. From..... changed. At first he ...getting caught but........... says “…we would no doubt have other rooms then, or other names” (27-28). I cannot personally relate to this poem but I do know many people that have...
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