By Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Mason, a suffering author, is available in from the chilly after 5 years of drifting. His formative years good friend, Chaz, a small-time gangster, loans him an house and reveals him a role promoting hotdogs. yet rather than getting his act jointly, Mason beverages an excessive amount of, does too many medicines and loses an excessive amount of funds at poker, digging himself much more deeply in debt to Chaz, who additionally occurs to be his drug broker. speak about a vicious circle.

Then Mason has a brilliant proposal. He'll locate the money to pay Chaz again by means of changing into a ghostwriter of suicide notes, a becoming use of his abilities. the difficulty is that Mason is hard-wired to rescue humans, and nobody wishes rescuing greater than the suicidal. other than might be the girl he's falling in love with -- Willy, a wheelchair-bound, heroin-smoking attractiveness.

What occurs whilst somebody already wrestling together with his personal demons immerses himself within the tragedies of alternative people's lives? for that reason, much: a hotdog cart is totalled, a convict sprung, a funeral faked, a head scalped, a horse stolen. bad secrets and techniques are delivered to the sunshine and suicide morphs into homicide. Then, simply while it feels like Mason is eventually taking place, he faces the most important try of all. He'll both turn into the death-defying hero of his personal desires or lose every thing and everyone he's ever loved.

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Although there are no fixed syntactic rules, the pattern of topic + comment discerned by many in later Chinese verse is also evident in the Book of Poetry: “Tao yao” (The Peach Tree Tender [Mao no. ” Finally, it has been argued that there may originally have been some significance to the sequence of these three hundred–plus poems. Whether such significance existed or can be seen in the extant text is difficult to determine. Yet it is clear that reading one poem in the context of another, often contiguous text proves useful.

Because of this, he did not even try to soften his departure with a final rendezvous. This, the persona tells us, will cause him more anguish even than leaving her. Finally, in the last stanza, there is a suggestion that the river has joined with someone else (as the Tuo joins the River) and that he did not even stop by to see his former lover before leaving. As a result, his anguish will someday cause him to wail, a sorrow that the persona promises to put to song. The more he demonstrates his coldness toward her, the more she wants to believe he will eventually suffer.

5). By depicting her with evocative yet elegant diction, a male poet seeks to play out his erotic fantasy in a “cultured” fashion. This aestheticization of erotic engagement, real or imagined, is a prominent feature of countless poems about palace ladies and courtesans. 6). In these poems, the allegorical and the sensual, the sacred and the profane, seem to be intertwined. “The Abandoned Woman” is a theme that usually involves female impersonation by literati poets. It is true that many anonymous yuefu and ci poems on this theme strike us as authentic self-expressions of real-world abandoned women.

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