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Lover's Return Summary

In this poem a lover returns to his woman in an enfeebled state. The woman says that looking at her thin, sick man makes her want to cry. The poem includes two sections in italics. The first is a colloquial verse on the maltreatment of women by men. The last, that ends the poem, is said to come from the devil, and damns the lover that homes to die.

Lover's Return Analysis

The poem's two layers of dialogue—one with the returned lover, the other within the mind of the woman—show the psychological complexity of the woman, and suggest that the italicized text could even be subconscious. The woman knows, though she may not admit it even to herself, that her lover treats her like an old pair of shoes, and that his return is an act of desperation on his part...

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