Charles Bukowski and His Works
Henry Charles Bukowski writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of Los Angeles. He left home after his father read some of his stories and went berserk, destroying his output and throwing his possessions out onto the lawn, a lawn that the young Bukowski had to mow weekly and would be beaten for if the grass wasnt perfectly cut. Bukowski was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany. He died on March 9, 1994 in San Pedro, California. He was a German American poet, novelist, and story writer.
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Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short tories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. He had a bad history with hospitals; he had to undergo three treatments for removal of separate skin cancers, treatments for tuberculosis, cataracts, and chemotherapy for leukemia. He married his second wife Linda Lee and she stayed with him till he died and didn’t remarry. Bukowski’s poem Girlfriends is about how he will not let any of his past lovers enter his life. He refuses to see them when they arrive out of state because it would be too awkward and pointless. know some people who can watch the same movie more than once” he compares his past lovers to a movie and says he isn’t one of those people who replay movies over and over again. He knows the plot, beginning, and ending, everything. So there was no point in repeating history if he knows he cannot rewrite it. The literary device most often used in this poem is metaphor. Bukowski often compares the women in his past to other things. “l know some people who can watch the same movie more than once” he states that he knows people who et their past lovers in their life again. Not me. Once I know the plot once I know the ending whether it’s happy or unhappy or Just plain dumb, then for me that movie is finished, forever. ” Bukowski doesn’t want “another yesterday’ coming in his life because that was the past and it’s a past he very well knows the ending to. Charles Bukowski didn’t really have any rhyme scheme in this poem particularly. He writes most of his poems in free verse. This allows the reader to slow down and not to speed up like people usually do in poems that rhyme.
When you read his poem it almost makes you want to slow down and read it in a calm voice, to make you think about each and every word he wrote. The metaphors he uses are significant because they convey a certain theme and make it clear as to what he is talking about. The metaphor makes the mood more understandable, because people debate that you should give second chances but he is saying he rather leave the past untouched. Hence the purpose for this line, “l refuse to let any of my old movies play over and over again for years.
The metaphor makes his tone sound assertive and sure of all the decisions he has made. For example this line let’s people know that he is not like others because of the metaphor and his choice for punctuation marks “I know some people who can watch the same movie more than once. Not me. ” I selected this poet out of the thousands even millions of poets there are because I felt like he was the most realist. Bukowski wrote on about what was going on in the world which he lived in like no other.
He wrote about portrayal of life in general and Los Angeles in articular, his usually selt-reterential, otten angry poetry and prose typically depicts alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, and other outcasts. I love the fact that most of the poems I read, he didn’t try to rhyme, and he Just tried to tell things as they were. This poem makes me debate if I should side with his opinion or not. He clearly states that the past is the past and it should stay forgotten (relationship wise), which I somewhat agree with.
But some people who get second chances and try to ake up for the wrong theyVe done succeed at it. Then again why try again with something you know what is the ending to, wouldn’t it be better to love someone who can make you fall in love with every day? It sounds better than messing with another yesterday. I would recommend this poem to teenagers and young adults, even people over the age of 30! I would recommend it to that age group because his writing is mature and not intended for kids. Overall I am glad I was on tumblr and stumbled upon one of Henry Bukowski’s poems.