Needed a fight that night
Me and my woman had a argument
The narrative’s chilling punchline. After setting out an elaborate story in which the narrator paints himself as the victim of an unprovoked attack by crosstown rivals, he admits in the final line that he was actively seeking a violent confrontation in order to work out the aggression and frustration generated by his romantic relationship. The poetic strategy at work here, in which the narrator solicits the listener’s sympathy only to let slip an incriminating detail that undermines it, owes something to Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”.
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