Love is a dog from hell stands as one of the best poetry books written by Charles Bukowski. In the book, Charles explores love from his perspective by walking readers over past relationships. The approach taken in the book is refreshing and sets it apart from most books written on the subject of love. The poems are a collection from the 70s when Bukowski’s career had started picking up, and he was enjoying more female company. With Bukowski’s fame steadily rising, he became a popular figure with the ladies. The poetry book builds up on an earlier novel ‘Women’.
What sets the book apart from other poetry books is Bukowski’s direct approach. In all narrations, the author uses little flair to guise the content. There is beauty in the simplistic style used to narrate the poems. Often, poets get sucked into their art and use wordy descriptions to paint simple scenarios, Charles does not subscribe to this style of writing. The pieces come off as more of prose pieces that are briefly written. In the poem, Bukowski calls it as it is in a raw fashion that almost comes off as crude.
This candid approach strikes a chord with readers since the work comes off as unfiltered content from the writer’s perspective. In the poetry collection, Bukowski describes scenarios vividly by using crude imagery that make the poems seem original. There is little imitation or borrowing from other poets in the poetry book that covers different romantic conquests. By using unfiltered simplicity in narration, Bukwoski comes off as vulgar in some instances. This does not lower the quality of the work since it shows Charles is free-spirited and does not mind using his artistic freedom to express himself. While authoring love is a dog from hell, there is little holding back from painting explicit scenes vividly.
Poets in their effort to create rhyme often come up with cleverly twisted words that fit their rhyme pattern. This style of writing while clever can become a nuisance when used too many times. In Bukowski’s poems there is very little forced rhyme, if anything, he comes off as a writer who does not care much about rhyme. Rebellions against how poetry is supposed to be written according to convectional standards are heavy in Bukowski’s works. Literary rebellion gives a refreshing piece to every piece and shows a new style of writing making his work more captivating to readers.
Unlike most poetry books describing romance in a sentimental manner, Bukowski comes off as a poet who is barely attached to women in his life. Maintaining a distance when describing past lovers gives the pieces a quality of exceptional clarity. On matters of love, Bukowski brings a new way of exploring love using a superficial approach. In writing the book, Charles drifts from popular opinions. Controversial topics that most poets would steer clear of are tackled in a refreshing manner, making the pieces way more entertaining. Love is a dog from hell and makes for a great read for anybody who does not mind dealing with brutal honesty.