Analysis Of The Poem ' Diving Into The Wreck ' By Adrienne Rich

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Adrienne Rich’s 1973 poem, “Diving into the wreck”, is a story about exploration. Whatever the speaker might be saying or feeling, she is actively diving into the deep ocean probing for the “myth”. Additionally, for the narrator this journey is also an internal exploration.
Adventures always start with an exhilarating beginning with the readiness and alacrity to get it commenced. This is evident when the narrator describes her preparation, “First having read the book of myths, and loaded the camera, and checked the edge of the knife-blade, I put on the body-armor of black rubber the absurd flippers the grave and awkward mask.” From the beginning, the reader is introduced to the narrator preparing for her exploration. She is very metaphoric with her gear; describing her “loaded camera” as if it was a mini-handgun, and the rubber swimming body suit as “body-armor”, suggesting that she was preparing as if she was a soldier heading for war. Rich purposely crafts the comparison of war to the story. During the publishing of the poem, America was still at war in Vietnam. This line apprises the reader the impact the war has had on the narrator’s mentality, making the narrator predictable going forward. With every adventure there is always a motive behind it. The speaker would give the reader insight on her motives when she verbally expresses, “I am having to do this not like Cousteau with his assiduous team aboard the sun-flooded schooner but here alone.” The reader is vigilant…

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