In the poem “Sorting Laundry” by Elisavietta Ritchie, loneliness is established through the theme that oftentimes, in order to avoid feeling lonely, one will hold onto that which is no longer there. Although the persona never actually experiences true loneliness, she still fears of waking up to an “empty side of the bed” (line 51) where her lover normally lies. The relationship between the two, revealed to the reader as the persona sorts through their clothing and belongings, is not one that will lead to happily ever after. They may have been through “many washings” (lines 7-8) together, but...
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...fferent, they all consist of the same backbone or basis. The loneliness described and experienced by each of the characters has different effects on them, but stems from the same place. The characters feel lonely because in their minds they are alone, no matter the situation. In reality, it is that mindset that creates the complexity of emotions and makes them stray from how they are defined. Humans have the ability to convince themselves of anything, and when it comes to emotions, it is easier to persuade oneself into believing that they are feeling a certain way because they cannot look at themselves objectively. For loneliness, a person is not always able to see the support or way out that others are able to view. It is this desolation that keeps writers focused on this specific emotion because there is a lot of potential and possibility available to work with.
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