You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Pp. 13-28

* This book is a collection of free verse poems that have themes of regret, acceptance, and solitude.

* Bukowski focuses on poems about Chinaski, his alter ego, and often discusses his father.

Pp. 29-50

* Chinaski seems to defend a listless and lazy lifestyle in "Education," where he narrates a time when he resolved to learn nothing in school.

* Chinaski has a lover named Jane with whom he often fights and drinks.

Pp. 51-72

* Loss plays a significant theme in some of the poems, including the fear of becoming obsolete.

* Chinaski views solitude as a blessing, especially in the poem "Rift," where his girlfriend leaves him alone. He is not especially bothered by it.

Pp. 73-93

* Chinaski seems to show distrust for humanity, and many of the poems in this section feature people considered untrustworthy and vile.

* Chinaski shows a dismissive attitude toward his critics because he sees...

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