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Having a Coke with You

Having a Coke with You

by Frank O'Hara

Love Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world (13-14)

Things that make us say, "Awwww." That's just the most heartwarming thing we can think of to say to anyone. Who wouldn't want to hear that they matter more than all the great art in the world? Now that's showing the love.

Quote #5

and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism (17)

Not only does our speaker take the addressee over every portrait in the world, he says that you move better than any school of art could hope to capture. Futurism was a movement of artists that were all about motion, excitement, speed, and energy. And yet, they can't even come close to watching this person move. Here we see how love brings our speaker back to favor reality, or at least love-reality, over art.

Quote #6

it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience
which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it (24-25)

These final lines are really profound, when you think about it. Put it this way: when you ride a roller coaster, are you aware of how much fun it is to ride a roller coaster (for some of us, anyway)? Probably not. You're probably too busy actually having the fun to think about how great it is to have fun. The same thing is going on for our speaker. He is acutely aware of how great it is to have someone to love, and he's not about to take that for granted. Instead, he's embracing the experience of love as a supreme moment in his life (where most of us would simply just enjoy the moment, and then look back on it later and sigh wistfully). That's the realization that he's sharing with the addressee of the poem, and with us, too.

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