Famous Death Poem

But You Didn't By Merrill Glass

The message behind this poem is not to wait to tell the important people in your life how you feel about them, but do it right away. You never know if you'll get the chance again.

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Analysis of Form and Technique

But You Didn't

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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.

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.

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For Students - Analysis of Form and Technique

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • There is a strong sense of structure, which makes the poem flow. The structure gives even more strength in the ending of the poem.
    Each stanza starts by recalling a time to remember. Then the author goes on to say how she thought the other person would respond, and it ends with "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.

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  • There is repetition used in this poem to create a sense of reminiscing. Each stanza starts with the same phrase.

    Remember the time

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Has this poem touched you? Share your story!
  • by Moses Wamala Blair
  • 2 months ago

This poem has touched me so much. It has plenty of sadness, pain, regret, and a lot of untold love. She was brave and strong!!!

  • by Call Me Kitty
  • 5 months ago

This is so darn sad for me! My brother is always joking about the Vietnam War, but reading this is probably going to haunt me. It made me realize that so many people lost their loved ones in that war and just any war in general!

  • by Thabiso Percival
  • 8 months ago

When you talk deep, you touch me. This poem is so inspiring!

  • by Maseno
  • 1 year ago

One of the best poem i have ever seen. #DEEPRESPECT

  • by SHOBHIT SHARMA
  • 1 year ago

When art touches you...........the most beautiful poem written in the most beautiful way possible.......made me cry

  • by Hannahm106.5
  • 1 year ago

I just love this poem! It tells the life story of how 2 people fall in love and when one of them goes off to Vietnam (probably a war) he dies and the girl decides to share about it when she writes this poem. Thank you.

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