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“But You Didn’t” by Merrill Glass

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Transcript of “But You Didn’t” by Merrill Glass

“But You Didn’t” by Merrill Glass
But You Didn't

Remember the times I'd flirt with
other boys just to make you jealous, and
you were?
I thought you'd drop me...
But you didn't.

There were plenty of things you did to put up with me,
to keep me happy, to love me, and there are
so many things I wanted to tell
you when you returned from
Vietnam...
But you didn't.

The quotations "But You Didn't" and "Remember the time" is repeated because emphasises how the girlfriend regrets and these events can never happen again.
This poem shows that war does not only affect those directly involved but those who had relations or connections with people fighting in the war.
By Courtney and Maria
By Merrill Glass

But You Didn't

Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me...
But you didn't.

Remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was
formal, and you came in jeans?
I thought you'd hate me...
But you didn't.

Context Information
But You Didn't, is based around the Vietnam War which started in 1959 and ended in 1975. This cold war was the result of around 4 million deaths.
The poem was written from the perspective of the girlfriend, speaking in past tense of her loved one.
It explores a sense of overwhelming emotions of regret and nostalgia when coping with the loss of a loved one
By Merrill Glass
But you didn't
The poem is a sonnet with 4 stanzas and 14 lines discluding the “But You Didn’t” at the beginning which is shown to be dialogue more than the actual poem.
The first three stanzas commence with a series of "Remember when..." questions which stem from past memories and how she thought the incidents would play out.
The final stanza does not start with “remember the time”. This shows a tonal shift in the poem.
More About The Poem
The quote "so many things I wanted to tell
you when you returned from
Vietnam..." illustrates the importance of appreciating what you have before its gone.
It emphasises how life and war is unpredictable
It illustrates how the poet is not wanting to let go of the past.
The use of emotive language
is also demonstrated in the
quotation"but you didn't" as it
speaks to the reader of the
poets love, loss and regret.
"How do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?” -Bill Watterson
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