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Variations on the Word Love By Margaret Atwood What is Love The word love can no longer be associated the meaning of intense feeling for another that it once had In her poem Margaret Atwood recognizes abuse and overuse of love so much so that it has lost its denotation Margaret observes that this is a word we use to plug holes with meaning it has lost its powerful implication Indeed its so commonly used that if you Add lace and you can sell it Love has lost so much substance and has become so everyday that it can even be marketed There are whole magazines with not much more than the word love Love has also gone beyond the description of a feeling and can even be used to describe almost any action such as the debaucheries of slugs under damp pieces of cardboard Even the simplest of organisms with no capability of having emotion is now able to experience the most tremendous human sensation The Author now that the word love is used aimlessly in everyday communications and positions is trying to find another way to express the word love and prove it is not insubstantial Although love is far too short for us it has only four letters and has become nothing but those four letters nothing can take its place She tries to find an alternate a metaphor a finger grip on a Cliffside describes the deep sensation but does nothing to describe the other extremes of love its overwhelming ness hatred breathtaking ness etc The comparison to love being vacuums between the stars is the closest but falls short of the true meaning Margaret Atwood conveys the point that the word love has betrayed its greatness It has become a Hallmark emotion going from its zenith of emotions to the center of imbecilic jokes and listless writings Nevertheless after concluding the
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