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Literary Analysis Essay
Parallel Paths by Kevin Clark

We would like to believe that love brings us together, but this is not always the case as Kevin Clark implies in the first two lines of “Parallel Paths” when he states “Today you’re lucky, in love with your wife for the first time in weeks”. We lead very hectic lives and in the mist of all the commotion we tend to forget to pencil in time for our loved ones, the people we are supposed to keep near and dear. The poem “Parallel Paths” by Kevin Clark is about a marriage that is strained. In this poem Kevin Clark uses several metaphors that reflect on the importance of maintaining a marriage by devoting time and effort. The metaphors that will be discussed in this essay will show that marriage not only requires love, but also patience, commitment, trust, spirituality, some form of intimacy, compassion, and most definitely humor in order for the marriage to be long lasting and endure all the hardships that are inevitable in a relationship.

I know some say that absence makes the heart grow fonder but this is not always the case, absence can be a crippling factor in a marriage and any other relationship. Looks are very deceiving and at a glance it may seem that we are traveling on the same path. We may even be able to see one another on our separate paths, but if those paths never intersect we will never get the opportunity to nurture the love so that it can continue to blossom into something new and exciting. Love is a rocky road and there is no handbook to instruct us on how love should be handled. We know that love is delicate and we know that love is precious but we do not know how to maintain. This message is portrayed in Kevin Clark’s poem “Parallel Paths” in lines 2 and 3, “both of you out for a walk in the overgrown park”. In these lines Kevin Clark compares a park that has not been maintained to a relationship that also has not been maintained. When we do not focus time and...
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