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1 One of Dunns themes is the vulnerability of the human being alive in this world In The Vanishing he writes that hurthurts is one of lifes truths How in the face of that hurt does the human being find a reason for living Finding a reason for living in the face of hurting is a conflict most human beings have had to endure One of the hardest things in life to do is live Finding the things that make life worth living is even harder because those things that make life beautiful are also the things that make it hard to live without Stephen Dunn I feel knows this and expresses it more than once in his writings For example in The Vanishing how you felt when you were overwhelmed by heror when you heard the news of his death seem to conflict with one other one a feeling of passion and utter happiness the other a feeling of shock and utter sadness yet one emotion cannot exist without the other The overwhelming happy emotions are the ones humans live to live for The memory of hurting lingers in each of us like the smell of death We never want to feel that hurt again whether it be a broken heart a death of a loved one or being rejected from a job In order not feel that hurt again we look for things to live and be happy for like children friendship and family Others look for personal things to make them happy such as travel music learning and laughter Yet still there are those people who find happiness in misery and hatred In this case I dont know what they live for except they live to hurt Stephen Dunns poems all seem to have the theme of memories pain and pleasures of all sorts What would life be without them You understand and therefore hate because you hate
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