R. D. Laing: Do You Love Me?: An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse

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  • Daniel Burston (Duquesne University )
  • Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

Do You Love Me?: An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse is a slim compendium of dialogues (many scripted like play texts) and verse (primarily poetry, but also modified or parodic song lyrics). In all, there are 62 of these little texts in Do You Love Me? The title derives from the final dialogue, a lengthy question and answer section in which “she” asks “he'” for proof of his love. Does he really like being near her, think she's attractive, like to smell her, think she's funny, love her forever (and so on)? The answer to all these is “yes”; but her final, unanswered (or unanswerable?) question is “Do you really love me?”.

On its own, the titular dialogue may seem just a …

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Burston, Daniel, Gavin Miller. "Do You Love Me?: An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 August 2005
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